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Introductory Readings in Anthropology
Edited by Hilary Callan, Brian Street and Simon Underdown
Published in association with the Royal Anthropological Institute
458 pages, bibliog., index
ISBN 978-0-85745-968-8 $135.00/£99.00 Hb Published (March 2013)
ISBN 978-0-85745-969-5 $45.00/£36.00 Pb Published (May 2013)
Anthropology seeks to understand the roots of our common humanity, the diversity of cultures and world-views, and the organisation of social relations and practices. As a method of inquiry it embraces an enormous range of topics, and as a discipline it covers a multitude of fields and themes, as shown in this selection of original writings. As an accessible entry point, for upper-level students and first year undergraduates new to the study of anthropology, this reader also offers guidance for teachers in exploring the subject’s riches with their students. That anthropology is an immensely expansive inquiry of study is demonstrated by the diversity of its topics – from nature conservation campaigns to witchcraft beliefs, from human evolution to fashion and style, and from the repatriation of indigenous human remains to research on literacy. There is no single ‘story of anthropology’. Taken together, these fundamental readings are evidence of a contemporary, vibrant subject that has much to tell us about all the worlds in which we live.
Hilary Callan was Director of the Royal Anthropological Institute from 2000 to 2010, and is a member of the Institute's Education Committee.
Brian Street (1943-2017) was Emeritus Professor of Language in Education at King’s College, London University and Visiting Professor of Education in the Graduate School of Education, University of Pennsylvania. He was a former Vice-President of the RAI and Chair of the Institute's Education Committee.
Simon Underdown is Senior Lecturer in Biological Anthropology at Oxford Brookes University, a Vice President of the Royal Anthropological Institute and is a member of the Institute's Education Committee.
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