Synopses & Reviews
Learn anthropology within a strong active learning environment when you open Robbins' unique sixth edition. In a first of-of-its-kind problem-based format, this brief, cost-effective text presents a variety of questions focused on the most important issues anthropologists study. You'll find yourself thinking critically about today's world as you read engaging Chapter Openers, complete integrated exercises, and review unique Case Studies in Doing Anthropology at the end of each chapter, now with new locator maps for your convenience. In a unique problem-based format, Robbins' text presents a variety of questions focused on the most important issues anthropologists study. Within the book's engaging narrative, you'll learn how to analyze your own culture as a basis for understanding the cultures of others. Presentations are organized around problems rather than topics, creating a natural discussion of traditional concerns such as kinship, caste, gender roles, and religion. Meaningful questions integrated throughout further guide you in exploring these subjects.
About the Author
Richard H. Robbins is a distinguished teaching professor of anthropology at the State University of New York at Plattsburgh. His teaching interests include courses on global problems, utopian societies, comparative religion, and activist anthropology. He has conducted research among indigenous peoples of Canada and fishing communities in northeastern New Brunswick. His recent books Include Global Problems and the Culture of Capitalism, 4e; Darwin and the Bible The Cultural Confrontation (With Mark Cohen); and Globalization and the Environment (with Gary Kroll). Professor Robbins is the recipient of the 2005 American Anthropological Association/McGraw-Hill award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching.
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'\"The writing style is both direct and engaging and, in my opinion, is one of the major strengths of the book. The author has the ability to explain complex concepts, theories, and theoretical debates in simple language without jeopardizing rigor.\"\"This is the most engaging textbook for introductory cultural anthropology that I have ever read. It is particularly strong in showing students how culture matters?how it makes us human and how it can get us killed if we don?t learn how to interpret it right. It is exciting! It is [also] very effective at laying out skills anthropology gives students for the job market. It is extremely creative and well-written.\"\"The greatest strength of this book is the \"problem-based approach\" which introduces students to the field of anthropology through consideration of human questions of enduring significance. This approach demonstrates the relevance of anthropological concepts while engaging students in higher order thinking and intellectual development.\"\n