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Anthropology For Dummies

Published 05-11-2021

<p><b>Study the science of all of us&nbsp;</b></p> <p>Anthropology&nbsp;is the organized study of what makes humans human. It takes an objective step back&nbsp;to view&nbsp;homo sapiens&nbsp;as a species and&nbsp;ask&nbsp;questions like:&nbsp;Given our common characteristics,&nbsp;why aren&rsquo;t&nbsp;all of us&nbsp;exactly&nbsp;the same? Why do people across the world have&nbsp;variable&nbsp;skin and hair color and&nbsp;so many inventive&nbsp;ways&nbsp;to say&nbsp;hello?&nbsp;And&nbsp;how&nbsp;can knowing the reasons behind&nbsp;our differences&mdash;as well as our similarities&mdash;teach us useful lessons for the future?&nbsp;The updated edition of&nbsp;<i>Anthropology&nbsp;For&nbsp;Dummies</i>&nbsp;gives you a panoramic view of&nbsp;the&nbsp;fascinating fieldwork and theory&nbsp;that&nbsp;seeks to&nbsp;answer these questions&mdash;and&nbsp;helps you&nbsp;view&nbsp;the human&nbsp;world&nbsp;through&nbsp;impartial,&nbsp;anthropological eyes.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>Keeping the jargon to a minimum,&nbsp;<i>Anthropology&nbsp;For&nbsp;Dummies</i>&nbsp;explores&nbsp;the four main&nbsp;subdivisions of the discipline, from&nbsp;the&nbsp;adventurous Indiana Jones territory&nbsp;of archaeology and the hands-on biological insights&nbsp;provided by our physical nature&nbsp;to the&nbsp;studious&nbsp;book-cracking&nbsp;brainwork of cultural and linguistic investigation. Along the way,&nbsp;you&rsquo;ll&nbsp;journey&nbsp;deep&nbsp;into our&nbsp;prehistory&nbsp;where&nbsp;we&nbsp;begin to differentiate&nbsp;ourselves from&nbsp;our&nbsp;primate relatives&mdash;and&nbsp;then&nbsp;fast forward&nbsp;into&nbsp;the possibilities of&nbsp;centuries yet to come.&nbsp;</p> <ul> <li>Explore&nbsp;the history of anthropology and apply its methods&nbsp;</li> <li>Get a&nbsp;deep, scientific&nbsp;take on contemporary debates&nbsp;such as&nbsp;identity&nbsp;</li> <li>Excavate the human past through new fossil discoveries&nbsp;</li> <li>Peer into humanity&rsquo;s future in space&nbsp;</li> </ul> <p>Whether you&rsquo;re studying&nbsp;anthropology&nbsp;for school&nbsp;or just want to know more about&nbsp;what makes&nbsp;us&nbsp;humans&nbsp;who we are, this is the perfect&nbsp;introduction&nbsp;to humanity&rsquo;s past and present&mdash;and&nbsp;a clue to what we need&nbsp;to build a better future.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p>

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Sociology For Dummies

Published 03-03-2021

<p><b>Understand how society works&mdash;and how to make it better</b><b><br /><br /></b>It&rsquo;s impossible to exist in the contemporary world without being aware that powerful social forces, ideas, and movements&mdash;#MeToo, climate change, and Black Lives Matter to name just a few&mdash;are having far-reaching impacts on how we think and live. But why are they happening? And what are their likely effects? The new edition of <i>Sociology For Dummies</i> gives you the tools to step back from your personal experience and study these questions objectively, testing the observable phenomena of the human world against established theories and making usable sense of the results.<br /><br />In a friendly, jargon-free style, sociologist and broadcaster Jay Gabler introduces you to sociology&rsquo;s history and basic methods, and&mdash;once you have your sociological lens adjusted&mdash;makes it clear how to survey the big questions of culture, gender, ethnicity, religion, politics, and crime with new eyes. You&rsquo;ll find everything you need to succeed in an introductory sociology class, as well as to apply sociological ideas to give you extra insight into your personal and professional life. </p> <ul> <li>Get a working knowledge of Sociology 101</li> <li>Understand how human communities work</li> <li>Engage more deeply with debates on social justice, healthcare, and more</li> <li>Interpret and use sociological methods and research</li> </ul> <p>Whether you&rsquo;re studying sociology at school or just want to gain deeper insight into our collective life, <i>Sociology For Dummies</i> gives you the tools to understand the mechanisms of the human world&mdash;and the knowledge to influence how they work for the better. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p>

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Sociology For Dummies

Published 03-12-2010

Sociology is the study of human and societal interaction, and because society is constantly changing, sociology will remain a crucial and relevant subject. Sociology For Dummies helps you understand this complex field, serving as the ideal study guide both when you're deciding to take a class as well as when you are already participating in a course.

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