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ANTH 101 - Introduction to Anthropology - Textbook

OER Textbook for Anthropology 101, Hostos Community College

Development of Anthropological Ideas

"Anthropology is the study of humankind, otherwise known as Homo sapiens, the wise primate. It is about our history, our prehistory before written records, our biology, our language, our distribution of peoples all over the plan-et, and the cultural and social aspects of our existence. The methods we use on this journey are varied and eclectic—an unusual discipline. What is perhaps unique about anthro-pology is its global quality, its comparative potential, and its integrative possibilities, which result from its examination of histories, biologies, languages, and socio-cultural varia-tions. . . . " Click on the link below to access the assigned reading.

Anthropology in Our Moment in History

"How did you become an anthropologist? Discovering anthropology for me was like falling in love. I was a freshman in college and I knew nothing about the subject. I didn’t have a major. I took one of those big introductory classes in a large lecture hall because I was curious, but I didn’t really have any idea what anthropology might be.The very first lecture blew my mind. It was by an old-style style anthropologist talking about his fieldwork in the Amazon. . . . " Click on the link below to access the assigned reading.


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