Anthropology is a scientific study of humans, human behavior and societies in the past and present.
Anthropology has branches and each concern on specific areas, interesting right!.
The social anthropology studies about patterns of behavior whereas cultural anthropology studies about cultural meaning, including norms and values.
The image illustrates the presence of anthropologists with indigenous people.
Linguistic anthropology studies about how language influences social life.
Did you know one thing?
your character gets changed when you shift from one language to another without even noticed by you.Biology or physical anthropology studies the biological development of humans.
Want to know about its origin?
here is a brief note.
Origin and History of Anthropology
Bernardino de sahagún is the founder of modern anthropology.It’s present use first appeared in Renaissance Germany in the works of Magnus Hundt and Otto Casmann.
The new word anthropologia derived from the Greek words. It began to be used in English possibly via French Anthropologie by early 18th century.
This is 20th century right !
The anthropology have already undergone many changes it was divided into many groups in the majority of world’s higher educational institutions,many thousands in number.
The World Council of Anthropological Associations (WCAA),a network of national,regional and international associations that aims to promote worldwide communication and cooperation in anthropology.
Now let’s have a look on the best books.
If you are interested in reading books on anthropology just choose it wisely because there are lots of books are there for anthropology.
Without properly choosing the book you want, it is useless in reading books about anthropology.
So choose it wisely according to your needs.
A book becomes best when and only it satisfies the requirements of the reader or buyer .
If you want to prepare for competitive exams just go through the best books with highlighted reviews.
If you just want to know about anthropology and want to kill your time by reading books just go through those books which suits for it.
Here I am going to highlight some special books based on their reviews and recommendations by other people.
The Best Anthropology Books
Between the world and me
This book was written by Ta-Nehishi Coates in 2006.It is one of the finest books of him.It have rated for 4.8 out of 5.This is the narrative of his own experience of contemporary race relations, offering possible resolution for future anthropology,that is it explains about behavior that would change in the future.
- This book was recommended by Kian James.
2. Blueprint -The evolutionary origins of a good society :
This book was written by Nicholas A.Christakis – in the last 2019. It was rated 4.71 out of 5. The title itself indicates that the book is the blueprint to get access through the evolutionary origins.
A wonderful erudite synthesis of history, philosophy, anthropology, genetics, sociology, economics, epidemiology, statistics and many more. This book clears the question, why evaluation placed us on the human path ..and how we united by humanity.
For too long,scientists focused on the dark side of anthropology about our heritage, the capacity of cruelty and self-interest.
But natural selection has given us the suit of beneficial social features including our capacity to love others and friendship,relationships and learning.
In this blueprint he introduces a compelling idea that gene changes taking place in our body don’t affect only our body system and behavior, it also the ways we make the society.
In the world of increasing political and economic polarization, it’s temple to ignore the positive role of our evolutionary parts. But by digging out the ancient roots of goodness in civilization, Blueprint shows that our genes have shaped societies for our war
Societies have shaped, and are still shaping our genes even by today.
3. Cultural anthropology -Asking questions about humanity:
This book was written by Robert L.Welsch,Luis A.Vivanco and published in 2017.It have rated about 4.62 out of 5.First knowing about this book ,we have to clear in the subject cultural anthropology.
Cultural anthropology includes study about cultural meaning includes norms and values.Cultural anthropology is a book uses question based approach to teach students to think anthropological and helping them to view cultural issues more clearly.
As by most of the observation,ninety nine percent good answer is a good question.This cultural anthropology offers a question -answer pedagogy which covers the basic concepts and introduction.
It also represents an effort to close the gap between realities of discipline today and traditional views that are taught at the introductory level by bringing classic anthropological examples to bear on contemporary questions.
This book was written by William von Hippel in 2018.It was rated about 4.61 out of 5.
We might all wondered,how our social lives varied from the past. Humans are also considered as cruel before the stone ages.
Now the lives transformed into many diversity.
This is one of the books which illustrate the diversity and unity between us .The most fundamental of our lives –from leadership to aggression and happiness were permanently altered by ‘social leap’ our ancestors made it from rainforest to Savannah.
Their struggle to survive on the open grasslands required a shift from individualism to a new form of collectivism,which forever altered the way our mind works.
It changed the way we fight and our proclivity to make peace,it changed the way we follow,it changed the way we lead,it made us innovative but not inventive ,it just altered the way of living and lead our way to anew world.
The social leap author explains revolutionary hypothesis, tracing human development through three critical evolutionary inflection points to explain how our events in distant pasts shapes our lives today.
5. Mean genes-from sex to money to food;Taming our primal instincts:
This book was written by Terry Burnham,Jay Phelan.This book was rated about 4.61 out of 5.Have you ever wondered about how human thought about spending money for their needs?this book answers these questions. This book uses Darwinian lens to examine the issues that most deeply affect our lives,money addiction,violence and the end the endless search for happiness.This book doesn’t stop by explaining the connection between our genes and our behaviour,it also outlines the steps that take to tame our primal instincts and so improve the quality of lives.
6. Anthropology of religion -the basics
This book was written by James S.Belo in 2015.It was rated about 4.6 out of 5.This books described how the thought of devotionals and religion division took place.This book answers the question like,
- How do human agents interacts with God’s and spirits?
- What is the nature of doing religious ethnography ?
- Why is charisma important for religious movement?,and so on..
This is the basic book fourths students who first approaching this anthropology of religions.
I hope that I have given some best books about anthropology up to my knowledge.
So all you have to do is ,just start exploring.