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Anthropology: The Human Challenge, 14th Edition

  • William A. Haviland Professor Emeritus, University of Vermont
  • Harald E.L. Prins Kansas State University
  • Dana Walrath University of Vermont
  • Bunny McBride Kansas State University
  • ISBN-10: 113394132X  |  ISBN-13: 9781133941323
  • 784 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2011, 2008, 2005
  • © 2014 | Published
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The well-known team of Haviland, Prins, Walrath, and McBride continues to provide students with a vivid, thought-provoking edition of ANTHROPOLOGY: THE HUMAN CHALLENGE that emphasizes the interconnections of the world’s cultures and the relevance of the field of anthropology in their own lives. Known for its holistic, integrated approach to the four fields of anthropology, the book’s rich visual program and cohesive framework enable students to more easily understand the impact of biology and culture in shaping behaviors and beliefs, and gain real insight into the usefulness of anthropology for living and working in the globalized world of the 21st century. Available with InfoTrac® Student Collections http://gocengage.com/infotrac.

Features and Benefits

  • All chapters contain current data and examples, along with opening Challenge Issues and concluding commentaries that paint a big picture to facilitate student understanding of the material. The rich visual program includes a fresh array of photographs and line drawings that further enhance the material and serve to better engage students.
  • Chapter 4, "Primate Behavior" addresses ethical questions regarding the use of primates in medical research, the use of baboon studies to reconstruct the lifeways of our ancestors, and new material on communication including syntax in vervet monkeys and dialect in marmosets, as well as Kanzi’s communication abilities.
  • "Biocultural Connections" illustrate how cultural and biological processes work together to shape human biology, beliefs, and behavior and reflect the integrated biocultural approach central to the field of anthropology today. Topics include "Why Red is Such a Potent Color," "The Social Impact of Genetics on Reproduction," and "Toxic Breast Milk Threatens Arctic Culture."
  • Original Studies are excerpts from case studies and other original works by those in the field. Found in most chapters, they illustrate important concepts in the discipline and show how anthropologists study human beliefs and behavior, past and present. Exciting topics, some new and some updated, include the works of Michele Goldsmith ("Ethics of Great Ape Habituation and Conservation: the Costs and Benefits of Ecotourism"), Frans de Waal ("Reconciliation and its Cultural Modification in Primates"), Bill Maurer ("Sacred Law in Global Capitalism"), and Margo DeMello ("The Modern Tattoo Community").
  • Anthropology Applied boxes focus on the broad range of work anthropologists from around the world undertake and the variety of social contexts in which they practice. With these boxes, students also see what types of career opportunities are available to them outside of academia -- from work in reproduction and healthcare, to forensics, ecotourism, economic development, international aid, dispute resolution, indigenous language preservation, and cultural revitalization through traditional art.
  • "Visual Counterpoints" feature side-by-side photos to compare and contrast cultures from around the world. New photos cover more global topics.
  • Globalscape, a map/story/photo feature appearing in 13 chapters, charts the global flow of people, goods, and services, as well as pollutants and pathogens. Showing how the world is interconnected through human activity, Globalscapes contribute to the text's globalization theme with topics geared toward student interests -- from international adoption, to the economics of piracy off the coast of Somalia. Each one ends with a "Global Twister" question prodding students to think critically about globalization.
  • The book's generous use of figures, photos, and maps gives students a visual explanation of important information. Locator maps illustrate where in the world the chapter's content is taking place.

Table of Contents

1. The Essence of Anthropology.
2. Biology, Genetics, and Evolution.
3. Living Primates.
4. Primate Behavior.
5. Field Methods in Archaeology and Paleoanthropology.
6. The First Bipeds.
7. Early Homo and the Origins of Culture.
8. The Global Expansion of Homo sapiens and Their Technology.
9. The Neolithic Revolution: The Domestication of Plants and Animals.
10. The Emergence of Cities and States.
11. Modern Human Diversity: Race and Racism.
12. Human Adaptation to a Changing World.
13. The Characteristics of Culture.
14. Ethnographic Research: Its History, Methods, and Theories.
15. Language and Communication.
16. Social Identity, Personality, and Gender.
17. Patterns of Subsistence.
18. Economic Systems.
19. Sex, Marriage, and Family.
20. Kinship and Descent.
21. Grouping by Gender, Age, Common Interest, and Social Class.
22. Politics, Power, and Violence.
23. Spirituality, Religion, and the Supernatural.
24. The Arts.
25. Processes of Change.
26. Global Changes, Local Responses, and the Role of Anthropology.

What's New

  • Learning objectives at the opening of each chapter guide students through the material.
  • A Chapter Checklist summarizes the chapters in a question-and-answer format.
  • Chapter-openers cover a variety of topics such as DNA Tattoos discussing DNA and identity, primate conservation, bonobos sexuality as a way of thinking about nature vs. nurture, and a tightrope-walking chimp at Fongoli.
  • The author team has included new material covering topics such as sex-selective abortion in India and the "physical dangers" of doing ethnographic research.
  • Chapter 6, "Macroevolution and the Early Primates," in the previous edition has been eliminated and the content is now included in chapters 2 and 5.
  • All chapters have been extensively revised with new data and examples, and the narrative has been streamlined by 10 percent. The chapter Spirituality, Religion, and the Supernatural has been completely overhauled. Revisions are also especially heavy in the chapters: Social Identity, Personality, and Gender; Politics, Power, and Violence; and Global Challenges, Local Responses, and the Role of Anthropology.
  • New student Learning Objectives at the beginning of each chapter provide students with a guide to the material.
  • The book’s expanded visual program offers a fresh array of photos and line drawings that enhance the narrative and maintain student engagement start to finish. It includes a compelling new photograph for each chapter-opening Challenge Issue and some new Visual Counterpoints (side-by-side photos that contrast cultural features) representing spatial orientation, multi-sited ethnographic research, a Buddhist lama and his reincarnation, and the strong cultural ties between immigrants and their home countries.
  • Call-out numbers for all visuals have been placed within the narrative to draw a direct correlation between images and text.
  • Special boxed features include numerous new topics, and existing boxes have been updated. New topics include an Anthropology Applied essay on "S. Ann Dunham, Mother to a U.S. President," an Original Study on a non-human primate’s capacity to recognize symbols, a Biocultural Connection piece about human body modification (e.g., tattoos, circumcision, and modern cosmetic surgery); and Anthropologist of Note profiles on shamanism expert Michael Harner and paleogeneticist Svante Pääbo. Significantly revised Globalscapes include "Pirate Pursuits in Puntland" on the complex economics behind piracy off the coast of Somalia, "Playing Football for Pay and Peace?" about the politics and economics of international sports, “Probo Koala’s Dirty Secrets?” concerning the dumping of First World toxic waste in Third World countries, and “A Global Body Shop?” about human organ trafficking around the world.
  • A new Chapter Checklist at the end of each chapter summarizes the content in a question-and-answer format.
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Anthropology: The Human Challenge, 14th: PowerLecture DVD-ROM with ExamView Testing  (ISBN-10: 113394597X | ISBN-13: 9781133945970)

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Meet the Author

Author Bio

William A. Haviland

William A. Haviland is professor emeritus at the University of Vermont, where he founded the Department of Anthropology and taught for 32 years. He holds a PhD in anthropology from the University of Pennsylvania. He has carried out original research in archaeology in Guatemala and Vermont; ethnography in Maine and Vermont; and physical anthropology in Guatemala. This work has been the basis of numerous publications in national and international books and journals, as well as in media intended for the general public. His books include The Original Vermonters, coauthored with Marjorie Power, and a technical monograph on ancient Maya settlement. He also served as consultant for the award-winning telecourse Faces of Culture, and he is co-editor of the series Tikal Reports, published by the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. Besides teaching and writing, Dr. Haviland has lectured to many professional and nonprofessional audiences in Canada, Mexico, Lesotho, South Africa, and Spain, as well as in the United States. He served as expert witness for the Missisquoi Abenaki of Vermont in an important court case over aboriginal fishing rights. Dr. Haviland was named University Scholar by the Graduate School of the University of Vermont in 1990; received a Certificate of Appreciation from the Sovereign Republic of the Abenaki Nation of Missisquoi, St. Francis/Sokoki Band in 1996; and was given a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Center for Research on Vermont in 2006. Now retired from teaching, he continues his research, writing, and lecturing from the coast of Maine. He serves as a trustee for the Abbe Museum in Bar Harbor, focused on Maine’s Native American history, culture, art, and archaeology. His most recent books are At the Place of the Lobsters and Crabs (2009) and Canoe Indians of Down East Maine (2012).

Harald E.L. Prins

Harald E.L. Prins is a University Distinguished Professor of cultural anthropology at Kansas State University. Academically trained at half a dozen Dutch and U.S. universities, he previously taught at Radboud University (Netherlands), as well as Bowdoin College and Colby College in Maine, and was a visiting professor at the University of Lund, Sweden. Named a Distinguished University Teaching Scholar, he received numerous honors for his outstanding academic teaching, including the Presidential Award in 1999, Carnegie Professor of the Year for Kansas in 2006, and the AAA/Oxford University Press Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching of Anthropology in 2010. His fieldwork focuses on indigenous peoples in the Western Hemisphere, and he has long served as an advocacy anthropologist on land claims and other native rights. In that capacity, Dr. Prins has been a key expert witness in both the U.S. Senate and Canadian courts. His numerous academic publications appear in seven languages, and his books include The Mi’kmaq: Resistance, Accommodation, and Cultural Survival. Also trained in filmmaking, he was president of the Society for Visual Anthropology, and coproduced award-winning documentaries. He has been the visual anthropology editor of American Anthropologist, co-principal investigator for the U.S. National Park Service, international observer in Paraguay’s presidential elections, and a research associate at the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution.

Dana Walrath

Dana Walrath, an award-winning writer, artist and anthropologist, is a faculty member of University of Vermont’s College of Medicine. After earning her PhD in medical and biological anthropology from the University of Pennsylvania, she taught there and at Temple University. Dr. Walrath broke new ground in paleoanthropology through her work on the evolution of human childbirth. She has also written on a wide range of topics related to gender in paleoanthropology, the social production of sickness and health, sex differences, genetics, and evolutionary medicine. Her work has appeared in edited volumes and in journals such as Current Anthropology, American Anthropologist, American Journal of Physical Anthropology, and Anthropology Now. Her books include Aliceheimer’s, a graphic memoir, and Like Water on Stone, a verse novel. She developed a novel curriculum in medical education at the University of Vermont’s College of Medicine that brings humanism, anthropological theory and practice, narrative medicine, and professionalism skills to first-year medical students. Dr. Walrath also has an MFA in creative writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts and has exhibited her artwork in North America and Europe. Her recent work in the field of graphic medicine combines anthropology with memoir and visual art. Spanning a variety of disciplines, her work has been supported by diverse sources such as the National Science Foundation, the Templeton Foundation, the Centers for Disease Control, the Health Resources and Services Administration, the Vermont Studio Center, the Vermont Arts Council, and the National Endowment for the Arts. She spent 2012-2013 as a Fulbright Scholar at the American University of Armenia and the Institute of Ethnography and Archaeology of the National Academy of Sciences of Armenia. She is working on a second graphic memoir that combines her Aliceheimer’s work with her fieldwork on aging and memory in Armenia.

Bunny McBride

Bunny McBride is an award-winning author specializing in cultural anthropology, indigenous peoples, international tourism, and nature conservation issues. Published in dozens of national and international print media, she has reported from Africa, Europe, China, and the Indian Ocean. Holding an MA from Columbia University, she is highly rated as a teacher, and she has served as visiting anthropology faculty at Principia College and the Salt Institute for Documentary Field Studies. Since 1996, she has been an adjunct lecturer of anthropology at Kansas State University. Among her many publications are books such as Women of the Dawn; Molly Spotted Elk: A Penobscot in Paris; Indians in Eden (with Harald Prins); and The Audubon Field Guide to African Wildlife, which she coauthored. McBride also has authored numerous book chapters. Honors include a special commendation from the state legislature of Maine for significant contributions to Native women’s history. As an activist and researcher for the Aroostook Band of Micmacs (1981–1991), she assisted this Maine Indian community in its successful efforts to reclaim lands, gain tribal status, and revitalize cultural traditions. In recent years, she has served as co-principal investigator for a National Park Service ethnography project and curated several museum exhibits, including "Journeys West: The David & Peggy Rockefeller American Indian Art Collection" for the Abbe Museum in Bar Harbor, Maine. Her latest exhibit, "Indians & Rusticators," received a 2012 Leadership in History Award from the American Association for State and Local History. Currently, she serves as president of the Women’s World Summit Foundation based in Geneva, Switzerland, and is completing a collection of essays.