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Reflections on Anthropology: A Four-Field Reader

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About the Author

Katherine A. Dettwyler is a biocultural anthropologist. She received her MA (1981) and Ph.D. (1985) from Indiana University, Bloomington. She taught for two years at the University of Southern Mississippi (1985-1987) and for 13 years at Texas A&M University (1987-2000). Her research focuses on breastfeeding and weaning from cross-cultural and evolutionary perspectives, and includes field research in Mali. Her book, Dancing Skeletons: Life and Death in West Africa, was awarded the 1995 Margaret Mead Award from the American Anthropological Association and the Society for Applied Anthropology. Her co-edited volume, Breastfeeding: Biocultural Perspectives, is a best seller among lactation consultants. She is a frequent speaker at lactation/breastfeeding conferences. Her current research focuses on women and children in the US who breastfeed longer than 3 years. She has always enjoyed teaching four-fields introductory anthropology to college freshmen. She currently lives in Delaware with her husband, 3 children, two dogs and three cats, and divides her time between research, publishing, and working for the American Philosophical Association.Vaughn M. Bryant is a professor of anthropology and Director of the Center for Ecological Archaeology at Texas A&M University. After receiving his doctorate from the University of Texas at Austin in 1969, he taught at Washington State University before joining the newly created Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Texas A&M University in 1971. As the first anthropologist at Texas A&M, he was the first chairperson and helped build a separate doctoral-granting department of anthropology. He enjoys teaching and consistently teaches both introductory four-fields anthropology and graduate courses each semester. Dr. Bryant is a trained anthropologist and botanist who is best known for his research in paleoethnobotany (the study of how ancient humans use plants), pollen analysis, and prehistoric diet analysis. During the 1980s and 1990s, Dr. Bryant compiled a book that detailed how the vegetation and climates of North America changed during the past 30,000 years, completed the editing of the first and second editions of the McGraw Hill book, Through The Looking Glass, finished editing a book on techniques used in pollen sampling and analysis and completed an atlas of the modern pollen flora found in the Southeastern United States. Dr. Bryant is a frequent guest on television programs and has appeared on network programs including the Today Show, 1-2-3 Contact (produced by the Children's Television Workshop in New York City), CNN, BBC, Discovery Channel, FOX-Network News, and the quiz program, To Tell The Truth. Dr. Bryant also writes popular articles, which have appeared in such magazines as People, Reader's Digest, Popular Science, Biblical Archaeology, Science Digest, Scientific American, Seventeen, the National Geographic Magazine, and National Geographic World. International magazines that have featured his research include Colours, Der Spiegel, The World And I, and Geowissen Nahrung & Gesundheit. Dr. Bryant lives in College Station, Texas, where he teaches anthropology, continues his research, and enjoys time with his wife, three children, six grandchildren, and two Yorkshire Terriers.

Table of Contents


Correlation Charts to Four-Field Introductory Anthropology Books

CHAPTER 1: What is Anthropology?

“Transforming the Culture of Intolerance” by Mark Nathan Cohen

CHAPTER 2: Applying Anthropology

“The Archaeology of Grief” by Sylvia Grider

“Breastfeeding and Culture” by Katherine A. Dettwyler

CHAPTER 3: Ethics and Methods in Physical Anthropology and Archaeology

“They Died with Custer: Preface/Prelude” by Douglas D. Scott, P. Willey and Melissa A. Connor

“The Case of the Purloined Pots” by Kent Black

CHAPTER 4: Evolution and Genetics

“Reading the Language of Our Ancestors” by Jeff Wheelwright

“15 Answers to Creationist Nonsense” by John Rennie

CHAPTER 5: The Primates

“Aping Culture” by Meredith Small

“Disturbing Behaviors of the Orangutan” by Anne Nacey Maccioncalda and Robert M. Sapolsky

CHAPTER 6: Primate Evolution

“In the Realm of Virtual Reality” by Richard Conniff and Harry Marshall

CHAPTER 7: Early Hominids

(and more...)

Product Details

McGraw-Hill Humanities/Social Sciences/Langua
New York
Dettwyler, Katherine A.
Bryant, Vaughn M.
Dettwyler, Katherine
Dettwyler Katherine
Bryant, Vaughn
Sociology - General
Physical anthropology
Anthropological ethics.
Anthropology - General
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Includes bibliographical references.
Series Volume:
Publication Date:
September 2003
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
9.08x7.20x.56 in. 1.25 lbs.

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