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Anthropology: Appreciating Human Diversity Paperback – February 4, 2010

ISBN-13: 978-0078116995 ISBN-10: 0078116996 Edition: 14th
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About the Author

Conrad Phillip Kottak (A.B. Columbia, 1963; Ph.D. Columbia, 1966) is the Julian H. Steward Collegiate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Michigan, where he has taught since 1968. He served as Anthropology Department chair from 1996 to 2006. In 1991 he was honored for his teaching by the University and the state of Michigan. In 1992 he received an excellence in teaching award from the College of Literature, Sciences, and the Arts of the University of Michigan. In 1999 the America Anthropological Association awarded Professor Kottak the AAA/Mayfield Award for Excellence in the Undergraduate Teaching of Anthropology.

Professor Kottak has done ethnographic fieldwork in cultural anthropology in Brazil (since 1962), Madagascar (since 1966), and the United States. Conrad Kottak's articles have appeared in academic journals including American Anthropologist, Journal of Anthropological Research, American Ethnologist, Ethnology, Human Organization, and Luso-Brazilian Review. He has also written for more popular journals, including Transaction/SOCIETY, Natural History, Psychology Today, and General Anthropology.

In recent research projects, Kottak and his colleagues have investigated the emergence of ecological awareness in Brazil, the social context of deforestation in Madagascar, and popular participation in economic development planning in northeastern Brazil.

Recently, Kottak was inducted to The National Academy of Sciences. This is a private organization of scientists and engineers dedicated to the furtherance of science and its use for the general welfare.

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  • Paperback: 720 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Humanities/Social Sciences/Languages; 14 edition (February 4, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0078116996
  • ISBN-13: 978-0078116995
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.9 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #249,684 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By LIbby L. on April 7, 2012
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I bought this book as a kindle for PC book for my Anthropology course. Everything seems alright until I am told to read certain pages of the book, come to find out the kindle for PC version has no page numbers. It only has locations which are far from helpful, due the quantity of them and no way of knowing what parts of the book are associated with that location. I wanted to get the actual book after finding this out but now I discover I can't return kindle books after 7 days, and I'm not going to spend a total of $210 for an eBook which is hard to read and a big thick physical text book, both of which I won't use after this course. If you need this as a text book for a class, I recommend just going with the physical copy in some way, stay away from this eBook.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Clinton J. Freeman on November 30, 2011
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Great book! Kottak gives a lot of detail about all four fields of Anthropology. Examples of cultures around the world are used which gives the reader glimpses into many different types of cultures. Definitely a good book for anyone who might be interested in getting into anthropology!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By David on November 2, 2010
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Books like this are a good start to appreciating human diversity, which goes way beyond what we imagine possible, in our Newtonian/Cartesian world view. I do so love Anthropology. I like this book. Other people say what they say. I like reviews that mention similar books, at least books on the same path, so I do that. If you want to go further with diversity of what is possible, other books, Urban Shaman, The Future Is Yours: Do Something About It!, Redneck Shaman, Lost Secrets of Ancient Hawaiian Huna, Volume 1, ThetaHealing can be helpful; all are written by Americans, in a distinctly nonacademic way. Grandfather is an intro to a different kind of world, as isWhispers of the ncients: Native Tales for Teaching and Healing in Our Time, and House of Shattering Light: Life as an American Indian Mystic, or ...Read more ›
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By bryanthebiologist on September 5, 2012
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When I started reading this book, I honestly could not put it down. Kottak provides a very easy to read introductory text with a number of interesting pictures and diagrams that give the reader a basic idea of what exactly anthropologists study. The book covers a wide range of topics, from how to conduct ethnographic research to primate evolution. If you have even the slightest interest in learning about anthropology, I suggest that you start with this book.
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A required textbook is a required textbook! I bought the textbook in the non-hardcover form and used which saved me a good chunk of money!
If you find anthropology interesting, the material will probably be easier to grasp and embed.

Also remember to compare the prices of your bookstore and here. Buying it here might be the way to go.
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By Chocolate Khaleesi on February 19, 2014
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I needed this book for my class but I didn't need the price other places were selling it for. Every page was there I don't see any heavy highlighter marking and although it is clearly used it is in wonderful shape no complaints here! Thanks I saved a lot of money and it shipped earlier than expected.
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By NYGirl14 on June 4, 2014
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Used this textbook to take and score well on the DSST General Anthropology exam. The text is well laid out, covers a broad range of the various types of anthropology. It gave me a good general understanding of the subject.
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By Shina on October 14, 2013
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A lot of people in my anthropology class spent a lot of money foe this book, but I'm happy I found it here for less. The quality is good. Neat, clean, and good shipment time frame.
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