Anthropology: The Human Challenge,
15th Edition

William A. Haviland, Harald E.L. Prins, Dana Walrath, Bunny McBride

ISBN-13: 9781305583696 | ISBN-10: 1305583698

Copyright 2017

| Published 2016

| 784 pages

List Price USD $173.95


Discover an exciting survivor of the Pleistocene and ingenious creator of the Anthropocene -- Homo sapiens. Yes, that's you! And over seven billion other members of your own species currently dispersed across the entire earth (and a few even in space). With compelling photos, engaging examples, conceptual tools, and select studies by anthropologists in far-flung places, the authors of ANTHROPOLOGY: THE HUMAN CHALLENGE, 15th Edition, provide a holistic view of anthropology to help you gain a deeper and more comprehensive understanding of our complex world. You'll discover the different ways humans face the challenge of existence, the connection between biology and culture in the shaping of human behavior, and the impact of globalization on peoples and cultures around the world.

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Meet the Authors

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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 and has conducted research in archaeology in Guatemala and Vermont; ethnography in Maine and Vermont; and physical anthropology in Guatemala. This work has been the basis of many publications in national and international books and journals, as well as in trade publications. His books include The Original Vermonters, co-authored with Marjorie Power, and a technical monograph on ancient Maya settlement. He 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. Dr. Haviland has lectured to many professional and non-professional audiences in Canada, Mexico, Lesotho, South Africa, and Spain, as well as in the United States. A staunch supporter of indigenous rights, he served as expert witness for the Missisquoi Abenaki of Vermont in a case over aboriginal fishing rights. Dr. Haviland received the University Scholar award by the Graduate School of the University of Vermont in 1990; a Certificate of Appreciation from the Sovereign Republic of the Abenaki Nation of Missisquoi, St. Francis/Sokoki Band in 1996; and 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 and 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 is a University Distinguished Professor of Anthropology at Kansas State University (KSU). Academically trained at half a dozen Dutch and U.S. universities, he came to the U.S. as a List Fellow at the New School for Social Research in New York City. He has taught at Radboud University (Netherlands), as well as Bowdoin College and Colby College in Maine, and as a visiting professor at the University of Lund, Sweden. He has received numerous honors for his teaching, including the Conoco Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching in 1993, Presidential Award in 1999, Coffman Chair of Distinguished Teaching Scholars in 2004, Carnegie Foundation 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 lead expert witness in both the U.S. Senate and Canadian federal courts. He has refereed for 40 academic book publishers and journals. His own numerous academic publications appear in nine languages, with books including The Mi'kmaq: Resistance, Accommodation, and Cultural Survival (Margaret Mead Award finalist). Also trained in filmmaking, he served as president of the Society for Visual Anthropology, and has 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.

Carol Ann (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. With an MA from Columbia University, she is highly rated as a teacher and has taught at the Salt Institute for Documentary Field Studies and as visiting anthropology faculty at Principia College. Since 1996, she has been an adjunct lecturer of anthropology at Kansas State University. Her many publication credits include the books Women of the Dawn, Molly Spotted Elk: A Penobscot in Paris, and Our Lives in Our Hands: Micmac Indian Basketmakers; chapters in multiple books; and several co-authored books, including Indians in Eden and The Audubon Field Guide to African Wildlife. Working on a range of issues and projects with Maine Indian tribes since 1981, McBride received a commendation from the Maine state legislature for her research and writing on the history of Native women. Boston Globe Sunday Magazine featured a profile about her, and Maine Public Television made a documentary about her work on Molly Spotted Elk. Recently, she served as investigator for a National Park Service ethnography project and curated several museum exhibits. Her exhibit, "Indians & Rusticators," received a Leadership in History Award from the American Association for State and Local History (2012). She currently serves as president of the Women's World Summit Foundation based in Switzerland, and is wrapping up two books (with co-author Harald Prins): From Indian Island to Omaha Beach: Charles Norman Shay, Penobscot Indian War Hero; and Native Americans in Seacoast Maine: A Natural and Cultural History of Mount Desert Island.

  • "Digging into Anthropology" assignments offer students an opportunity to dig deeper into each chapter's content through mini "fieldwork" projects designed to integrate methodology throughout the book and prod students in exploring topics in their own culture.
  • Data and examples have been updated, less relevant material has been trimmed or cut, new examples and findings have been woven into the story, and the writing has been further chiseled to make it all the more clear and engaging.
  • Greater space is devoted to compelling photographs and other key visuals that deepen the learning experience because of their high quality, specific content and informative captions.
  • Material on gender-related issues is included in every chapter, far exceeding the single chapter that most textbooks devote to the subject.
  • The book's generous use of figures, photos, and maps engages students and gives them a visual explanation of important information. Locator maps illustrate where in the world the chapter's content is taking place.
  • 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.
  • 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").
  • The Barrel Model of Culture is a pedagogical device original to this book. This model shows the interrelatedness of social, ideological, and economic factors within a cultural system, along with the outside influences of environment, climate, and other societies. Throughout the book, examples are linked to this point and this image.
  • "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," Maori Origins: Ancestral Genes and Mythical Canoes, and "Toxic Breast Milk Threatens Arctic Culture." Each one ends with a critical-thinking question.
  • Every chapter features four Questions for Reflection designed to stimulate and deepen thought, trigger class discussion, and ink the material to the students' own lives.
  • "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, charts the global flow of people, goods, and services, as well as pollutants and pathogens.

Table of Contents

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1. The Essence of Anthropology.
2. Biology, Genetics, and Evolution.
3. Living Primates.
4. Primate Behavior.
5. Field Methods in Archaeology and Paleoanthropology.
6. From First Primates to First Bipeds.
7. Origins of the Genus Homo.
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. 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 Status.
22. Politics, Power, War, and Peace.
23. Spirituality, Religion, and Shamanism.
24. The Arts.
25. Processes of Cultural Change.
26. Global Challenges, Local Responses, and the Role of Anthropology.

Cengage provides a range of supplements that are updated in coordination with the main title selection. For more information about these supplements, contact your Learning Consultant.

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