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Anthropology: Appreciating Human Diversity [Paperback]

Conrad Kottak
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February 4, 2010 0078116996 978-0078116995 14
Focused on the appreciation of anthropology, the new edition of Anthropology: Appreciating Human Diversity offers an up-to-date holistic introduction to general anthropology from the four-field perspective. Key themes of appreciating the experiences students bring to the classroom, appreciating human diversity, and appreciating the field of anthropology are showcased throughout the text. In this edition, Understanding Ourselves chapter openers and Through the Eyes of Others boxes show how anthropology helps us understand ourselves. New Appreciating Diversity boxes focus on the various forms of human biological and cultural diversity. Appreciating Anthropology boxes are also new to the text and focus on the value and usefulness of anthropological research and approaches.


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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.


Product Details

  • 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: 0.9 x 8.3 x 10.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #66,510 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars no page numbers 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Anthropology: Appreciating Human Diversity Book 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for a introductory class! 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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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars good overview for what it is November 2, 2010
By David
Format:Paperback
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 Journey to the Ancestral Self: The Native Lifeway Guide to Living in Harmony With Earth Mother, Book 1 (Bk.1). ... Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Resource 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Deal. February 20, 2014
By KayLee
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I didn't want to go through my school bookstore because it was such a rip off. This was just the right price and the book was in great condition. Arrived earlier than expected.
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5.0 out of 5 stars What i asked for 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Good text book January 10, 2014
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This text book is easy to read, great pictures and inexpensive if you purchase it used. Do not buy a new one! This is the older edition.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Good shape for a used book.
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.
Published 9 months ago by Shina
5.0 out of 5 stars Took the Intro to Anthropology class at my University.
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! Read more
Published 14 months ago by Narolf
3.0 out of 5 stars School
Required reading for an anthropology class I am taking. Interesting subject but not really easy reading for my personal enjoyment..
Published 16 months ago by JMC
4.0 out of 5 stars Anthropology
The book is what I was looking for. Although it is used it is in pretty good condition. That's it.
Published 18 months ago by Talisha smith
4.0 out of 5 stars Great
This book works great for teaching anthropology. It is laid out very well and has a lot of great examples in it.
Published 19 months ago by Jer
1.0 out of 5 stars Bad experience
I never received this book I ordered. I needed it for school and fell behind in the class because I was without the book and just waiting for it to arrive. Read more
Published 21 months ago by apete
5.0 out of 5 stars As expected...
Came in the shape as the description suggested. Arrived fairly quickly and was an excellent price! Hopefully will be the correct book for my class.
Published on July 6, 2012 by Brianna S.
5.0 out of 5 stars Very pleased
I was a little concerned about the ship time but it arrived within a week! The book was in great shape for a used book, and is everything I was hoping for.
Published on May 14, 2012 by W.S.
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