Anthropology: What Does It Mean to Be Human?


Robert H. Lavenda and Emily A. Schultz
Oxford University Press
2008 – 540 pages – paper

A unique alternative to more traditional, encyclopedic introductory texts, Anthropology: What Does It Mean to Be Human? takes a question-oriented approach that illuminates major concepts for students. Structuring each chapter around an important question, the authors explore what it means to be human, incorporating answers from all four subfields of anthropology–cultural anthropology, biological anthropology, linguistic anthropology, and archaeology–and offering a more balanced perspective than other texts. They address central issues of the discipline, highlighting the controversies and commitments that are shaping contemporary anthropology.