This OER is a free alternative to expensive Introduction to Cultural Anthropology textbooks. It includes a full textbook and several original videos, 10 "challenges" (assignments), a hub of original and found resources for teaching and learning anthropology, a “connected course” of many faculty around the world sharing instructional materials, an open course freely available to anyone online, and an emerging producer of original anthropological videos and other digital content.
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Anthropology is the study of all humans in all times in all places. But it is so much more than that. “Anthropology requires strength, valor, and courage,” Nancy Scheper-Hughes noted. “Pierre Bourdieu called anthropology a combat sport, an extreme sport as well as a tough and rigorous discipline. … It teaches students not to be afraid of getting one’s hands dirty, to get down in the dirt, and to commit yourself, body and mind. Susan Sontag called anthropology a “heroic” profession.” What is the payoff for this heroic journey? You will find ideas that can carry you across rivers of doubt and over mountains of fear to find the the light and life of places forgotten. Real anthropology cannot be contained in a book. You have to go out and feel the world’s jagged edges, wipe its dust from your brow, and at times, leave your blood in its soil. In this unique book, Dr. Michael Wesch shares many of his own adventures of being an anthropologist and what the science of human beings can tell us about the art of being human. This special first draft edition is a loose framework for more and more complete future chapters and writings. It serves as a companion to anth101.com, a free and open resource for instructors of cultural anthropology.
The book is supported by discussion of relevant theory and research in cultural sociology.Beyond Race: Cultural Influences on Human Social Life has stressed learner-centered teaching with the instructor taking on the role of a facilitator of learning. As such, it is expected the instructor will serve as the mediator between the content of this book and learners’ understanding of material on multiple and higher levels. This book does not offer a set of rules in teaching cultural sociology, but rather suggests content and applications to consider and modify as needed by the ever-changing dynamics of instructors and learners.
Over the years researchers have found the necessity to develop theories of behavior that are specific to family settings. These theories have been developed by people with a variety of areas of emphasis, from family therapists to gerontologists to child development specialists. In this chapter we will briefly discuss six such theories: Bioecological Model, Family Systems, Functionalism, Conflict Theory, Symbolic Interactionism, and Psychological Perspectives.
Students examine the anthropological perspective of human culture, including such institutions as kinship, politics, and religion, and evaluate the interrelationship between culture, environment and biology. Students explore the effects of globalization on culture while developing critical thinking skills through the application of essential anthropological approaches, theories, and methods.Login: guest_oclPassword: ocl
Chapter 1: Introduction to Biological Anthropology
Chapter Two: Evolution
Chapter 3: Introduction to Molecular Biology and Genetics
Chapter 4: Forces of Evolution
Chapter 5: Meet the Living Primates
Chapter 6: Primate Ecology and Behavior
Chapter 7: Understanding the Fossil Context
Chapter 8: Primate Evolution
Chapter 9: Early Hominins
Chapter 10: Early Members of the Genus Homo
Chapter 11: Archaic Homo
Chapter 12: Modern Homo sapiens
Chapter 13: Race and Human Variation
Chapter 14: Human Variation: An Adaptive Significance Approach
Chapter 15: Bioarchaeology and Forensic Anthropology
Chapter 16: Contemporary Topics: Human Biology and Health
Appendix A: Osteology
Appendix B: Primate Conservation
Appendix C: Human Behavioral Ecology
Reviews available here: https://open.umn.edu/opentextbooks/textbooks/explorations-an-open-invitation-to-biological-anthropology-shook
Where did we come from? What were our ancestors like? Why do we differ from other animals? How do scientists trace and construct our evolutionary history? The History of Our Tribe: Hominini provides answers to these questions and more. The book explores the field of paleoanthropology past and present. Beginning over 65 million years ago, Welker traces the evolution of our species, the environments and selective forces that shaped our ancestors, their physical and cultural adaptations, and the people and places involved with their discovery and study. It is designed as a textbook for a course on Human Evolution but can also serve as an introductory text for relevant sections of courses in Biological or General Anthropology or general interest. It is both a comprehensive technical reference for relevant terms, theories, methods, and species and an overview of the people, places, and discoveries that have imbued paleoanthropology with such fascination, romance, and mystery.
Immigrant and Refugee Families: Global Perspectives on Displacement and Resettlement Experiences uses a family systems lens to discuss challenges and strengths of immigrant and refugee families in the United States. Chapters address immigration policy, human rights issues, economic stress, mental health and traumatic stress, domestic violence, substance abuse, family resilience, and methods of integration.
Table of Contents:
Chapter 1: Immigration and Immigrant Policy: Barriers and Opportunities for Families
Chapter 2: From There to Here: The Journey of Refugee Families to the United States
Chapter 3: Human Rights
Chapter 4: Economic Well-Being, Supports and Barriers
Chapter 5: Mental Health
Chapter 6: Intimate Partner Violence among Immigrants and Refugees
Chapter 7: Substance Abuse
Chapter 8: Resilience in Immigrant and Refugee Families
Chapter 9: Embracing a New Home: Resettlement Research and the Family
Chapter 10: Conclusion
This text was designed for use in the human osteology laboratory classroom. Bones are described to aid in identification of skeletonized remains in either an archaeological or forensic anthropology setting. Basic techniques for siding, aging, sexing, and stature estimation are described. Both images of bone and drawings are included which may be used for study purposes outside of the classroom. The text represents work that has been developed over more than 30 years by its various authors and is meant to present students with the basic analytical tools for the study of human osteology.
Introduction to Paleoanthropology covers the various species and subspecies that gave rise to human beings. Paleoanthropology is a subdiscipline of physical anthropology that focuses on the fossil record of humans and non-human primates.
Introductory Sociology Course developed through the Ohio Department of Higher Education OER Innovation Grant. The course is part of the Ohio Transfer Module and is also named OSS021. For more information about credit transfer between Ohio colleges and universities, please visit: www.ohiohighered.org/transfer.
Introduction to Sociology 2e adheres to the scope and sequence of a typical, one-semester introductory sociology course. It offers comprehensive coverage of core concepts, foundational scholars, and emerging theories, which are supported by a wealth of engaging learning materials. The textbook presents detailed section reviews with rich questions, discussions that help students apply their knowledge, and features that draw learners into the discipline in meaningful ways. The second edition retains the book’s conceptual organization, aligning to most courses, and has been significantly updated to reflect the latest research and provide examples most relevant to today’s students. In order to help instructors transition to the revised version, the 2e changes are described within the preface.
Introduction to Sociology is intended for a one-semester introductory sociology course. Conceived of and developed by active sociology instructors, this up-to-date title and can be downloaded now by clicking on the "Get this book" button below. This online, fully editable and customizable title includes sociology theory and research; real-world applications; simplify and debate features; and learning objectives for each chapter
Recognize variations in family lifeUnderstand the prevalence of single parents, cohabitation, same-sex couples, and unmarried individualsDiscuss the social impact of changing family structures
Describe society’s current understanding of familyRecognize changes in marriage and family patternsDifferentiate between lines of decent and residence
This module explains different intergroup relations in terms of their relative levels of tolerance, and provides historical and/or contemporary examples of each type of intergroup relation.
Compare and contrast the different experiences of various ethnic groups in the United StatesApply theories of intergroup relations, race, and ethnicity to different subordinate groups