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Best Anthropology Books Reviewed & Ranked

Here is a list of the best Anthropology books, some I have read myself, some that I did research on, and all have great reviews!

The Anthropology of Religion, Magic, and Witchcraft (2017)

 Best Anthropology Books Reviewed & RankedThis concise and accessible textbook introduces students to the anthropological study of religion. Stein and Stein examine religious expression from a cross-cultural perspective and expose students to the varying complexity of world religions. The chapters incorporate key theoretical concepts and a rich range of ethnographic material.
Author(s): Rebecca Stein, Philip Stein

Social and Cultural Anthropology: A Very Short Introduction (2000)

 Best Anthropology Books Reviewed & Ranked“If you want to know what anthropology is, look at what anthropologists do,” write the authors of Social and Cultural Anthropology: A Very Short Introduction.
Author(s): Peter Just

Anthropology: What Does it Mean to Be Human? (2017)

 Best Anthropology Books Reviewed & RankedA unique alternative to more traditional, encyclopedic introductory texts, Anthropology: What Does It Mean to Be Human?, Fourth Edition, takes a question-oriented approach that incorporates cutting-edge theory and new ways of looking at important contemporary issues such as power, human rights, and inequality.
Author(s): Robert H. Lavenda, Emily A. Schultz

Cultural Anthropology Fieldwork Journal (Second Edition) (2016)

 Best Anthropology Books Reviewed & RankedHelp your students apply their anthropological toolkit to the real world. Ethnographic fieldwork is one of the most fundamental (and for students, sometimes daunting) tools for anthropological study. An excellent supplement to the introductory textbook Cultural Anthropology: A Toolkit for a Global Age, Second Edition, Ken Guest’s Cultural Anthropology Fieldwork Journal, Second Edition, helps students apply the concepts they are learning in class while out in the real world.
Author(s): Kenneth J. Guest

Essentials of Biological Anthropology (Fourth Edition) (2018)

 Best Anthropology Books Reviewed & RankedThe most relevant, interactive, and up-to-date learning experience Larsen helps engage your students with the dynamic field of biological anthropology. New Anthropology Matters videos encourage students to connect anthropological concepts to the world around them. A highly visual learning tool―InQuizitive―offers a fun, hands-on way to master course concepts.
Author(s): Clark Spencer Larsen

Essentials of Cultural Anthropology: A Toolkit for a Global Age (Second Edition) (2017)

 Best Anthropology Books Reviewed & RankedEssential tools for living in a multicultural and global age. The most successful new textbook in a generation, Ken Guest’s text shows students that now, more than ever, global forces affect local culture. Students learn that the tools of cultural anthropology are relevant to their life in our globalized world.
Author(s): Kenneth J. Guest

Our Origins: Discovering Physical Anthropology (Fourth Edition) (2017)

 Best Anthropology Books Reviewed & RankedCreate the best physical anthropology experience for your students!Our Origins, Fourth Edition, helps students engage with the “big picture” of human evolution. Innovative media, photorealistic art, rigorously current content, new animations, new custom-produced Anthropology Matters videos, and InQuizitive adaptive learning deliver everything needed to teach a state-of-the-art class.
Author(s): Clark Spencer Larsen

Essentials of Physical Anthropology (2016)

 Best Anthropology Books Reviewed & RankedConcise, well-balanced, and comprehensive, ESSENTIALS OF PHYSICAL ANTHROPOLOGY, 10th Edition, introduces you to physical anthropology with the goal of helping you understand why it is important to know about human evolution. You’ll learn how humans are biologically connected to all other life, including our ancient ancestors and our contemporary primate cousins, and how closely modern human populations are related to each other.
Author(s): Robert Jurmain, Lynn Kilgore, et al.

Anthropology For Dummies (2008)

 Best Anthropology Books Reviewed & RankedWhen did the first civilizations arise? How many human languages exist? The answers are found in anthropology – and this friendly guide explains its concepts in clear detail. You’ll see how anthropology developed as a science, what it tells us about our ancestors, and how it can help with some of the hot-button issues our world is facing today.
Author(s): Cameron M. Smith, Evan T. Davies

Perspectives: An Open Invitation to Cultural Anthropology (2018)

 Best Anthropology Books Reviewed & RankedPaperback: 486 pages Publisher: American Anthropological Association (April 13, 2018) Language: English ISBN-10: 193130355X ISBN-13: 978-1931303552 Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 1 x 11 inches Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies) Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review Amazon Best Seller…
Author(s): Nina Brown, Tubelle de González, Laura, et al.

Cultural Anthropology: The Human Challenge (2016)

 Best Anthropology Books Reviewed & RankedExplore the most fascinating, creative, dangerous, and complex species alive today: you and your neighbors in the global village. With compelling photos, engaging examples, and select studies by anthropologists in far-flung places, the authors of CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY: THE HUMAN CHALLENGE, 15th Edition, provide a holistic view of anthropology to help you make sense of today’s world.
Author(s): William A. Haviland, Harald E. L. Prins, et al.

Anthropology (14th Edition) (2014)

 Best Anthropology Books Reviewed & Ranked  Anthropology, provides students with a comprehensive and scientific introduction to the holistic four fields of anthropology and the important role of applied anthropology. Readers will understand humans in all their variety, and why such variety exists. It also show students how anthropological skill sets can be applied beyond academia.
Author(s): Carol R. Ember, Melvin Ember, et al.

Introduction to Physical Anthropology (2017)

 Best Anthropology Books Reviewed & RankedINTRODUCTION TO PHYSICAL ANTHROPOLOGY brings the study of physical anthropology to life! With a focus on the big picture of human evolution, the 15th Edition helps you master the basic principles of the subject and arrive at an understanding of the human species and its place in the biological world.
Author(s): Robert Jurmain, Lynn Kilgore, et al.

Best Anthropology Books Reviewed & Ranked

We highly recommend you to buy all paper or e-books in a legal way, for example, on Amazon. But sometimes it might be a need to dig deeper beyond the shiny book cover. Before making a purchase, you can visit resources like Library Genesis and download some anthropology books mentioned below at your own risk. Once again, we do not host any illegal or copyrighted files, but simply give our visitors a choice and hope they will make a wise decision.

Stuck Moving: Or, How I Learned to Love (and Lament) Anthropology

Author(s): Peter Benson
ID: 3672578, Publisher: University of California Press, Year: 2023, Size: 4 Mb, Format: pdf

Music and Digital Media: A Planetary Anthropology

Author(s): Georgina Born
ID: 3376258, Publisher: UCL Press, Year: 2023, Size: 17 Mb, Format: pdf

How People Compare (LSE Monographs on Social Anthropology)

Author(s): Mathijs Pelkmans (editor), Harry Walker (editor)
ID: 3535384, Publisher: Routledge, Year: 2023, Size: 12 Mb, Format: pdf

Please note that this booklist is not definite. Some books are really chart-busters according to Washington Post, others are written by unknown authors. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant links you could recommend? Leave a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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