The Art of Being Human: Textbook for Cultural Anthropology

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Ever wonder what shapes the human race? The Art of Being Human explores this question and many more. Students with an endless curiosity for how people live across the globe will want to read this cultural anthropology textbook. Each chapter provides a challenge for the reader to enhance their learning.

The Art of Being Human A Textbook for Cultural Anthropology

Begin your anthropological journey with The Art of Being Human. The textbook lays the foundation for studying cultural anthropology. It is suited for beginners and anyone curious about the science of human beings. Above all, students can use it as a reference tool for the basic, yet inspiring, concepts grounded in this remarkable discipline. In addition, The Art of Being Human accompanies author Michael Wesch’s online course, Anthropology for Everyone. So, what are you waiting for? Get learning.

Cultural anthropology seeks to answer so many questions about who we are as a species. For instance, why have our bodies evolved the way they have? How do languages and societies form? Also, how do different modes of communication emerge within societies? Plus, what impact does culture have on us? Clearly, one book cannot answer all of these questions. However, it can give readers the tools to get out there and research on their own. Furthermore, The Art of Being Human explains important concepts, such as ethnocentrism, and explains important developments in society, from the first tools used by humans to modern, digital technology. The Art of Being Human is broken up into ten lessons, and each ends with a challenge for the reader to enhance their learning:

1 – Fieldwork | 2 – Culture | 3 – Evolution | 4 – Language | 5 – Infrastructure | 6 – Social Structure | 7 – Superstructure | 8 – Globalization | 9 – “The Good Life” | 10 – The Art of Being Human

About the Author of The Art of Being Human

Michael Wesch teaches cultural anthropology at Kansas State University. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Virginia, and he is a leading researcher of how digital media impacts human interaction. He also founded the Digital Ethnography working group at Kansas State, which comprises undergraduate students studying digital technology. Wesch is well-known for his online educational materials, including YouTube videos and online courses. He wrote The Art of Being Human in 2018 to accompany his course, Anthropology for Everyone. His videos have been viewed more than 20 million times and translated into more than 20 different languages. In addition, he has won multiple awards for his videos and teachings, including Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching’s Professor of the Year distinction in 2008.

Publisher: New Prairie Press
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