Title Through the Lens of Anthropology, 2/e
Subtitle An Introduction to Human Evolution and Culture
Author Robert J. Muckle, Laura Tubelle de González
ISBN 9781487587802
List price USD 79.95
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Binding Paperback
No of pages 424
Book size 153 x 229 mm
Publishing year 2018
Original publisher University of Toronto Press
Published in India by .
Exclusive distributors Viva Books Private Limited
Sales territory India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nepal, .
Status New Arrival
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“Through crystal-clear summary of the latest scholarship and the occasional burst of humor, professors Muckle and Gonzalez provide a stellar holistic view of all anthropological subfields in this introductory textbook. Comprehensive coverage is twinned beautifully with a sharp focus on issues of food and sustainability, which provides a unifying theme throughout. Students—as well as their teachers—will be energized by discussions of everything from decolonization to the accurate use of gender pronouns. My love of anthropology makes me yearn for a text that conveys both its excitement and its importance, and Through the Lens of Anthropology achieves this beautifully.”

Barbara J. King, Professor Emerita, College of William and Mary


Through the Lens of Anthropology is an innovative and exciting book— not something I say lightly about a textbook. The examples are effective and current, the text is engaging, and the themes of food and sustainability provide enough flexibility to allow me to match the text to my own teaching goals. The second edition is even more impressive with a stronger focus on decolonization and Indigenous peoples integrated throughout. I look forward to using it in my own courses.”

Dr. Erin Halstad McGuire, Associate Teaching Professor, University of Victoria


Through the Lens of Anthropology is a concise introduction to anthropology that uses the twin themes of food and sustainability to illustrate the connected nature of the discipline’s many subfields. Beautifully illustrated throughout, with over 150 full-color images, figures, feature boxes, and maps, this is an anthropology book with a fresh perspective, a lively narrative, and plenty of popular topics. The new edition enhances the food and sustainability focus and builds a stronger narrative voice with extended examples and case studies. An entirely new section on decolonization, more Indigenous content, and updated material on biological anthropology make the second edition even more relevant for those interested in learning more about the discipline of anthropology.


Chapter 1. Introduction: Viewing the World through the Lens of Anthropology

Chapter 2. Evolutionary Thought and Theory

Chapter 3. We Are Primates: The Primate Background

Chapter 4. Human Biological Evolution

Chapter 5. Human Cultural Evolution from 2.5 Million to 20,000 Years Ago

Chapter 6. Cultural Evolution from 20,000 to 5,000 Years Ago

Chapter 7. Archaeology of the Last 5,000 Years

Chapter 8. Studying Culture

Chapter 9. Language

Chapter 10. Food and Resources

Chapter 11. Marriage, Family, and Gender

Chapter 12. Politics

Chapter 13. Supernaturalism

Chapter 14. Sustainability

About the Authors:

Laura Tubelle de González is Professor of Anthropology and Faculty Environmental Sustainability Coordinator at San Diego Miramar College.

Robert J. Muckle is Professor of Anthropology at Capilano University.

Target Audience:

Useful for Students and Academicians of Anthropology.


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