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Scupin and DeCorse currently have an 8th Edition which I have yet to review, but I do hope to include in my thoughts on teaching Introduction to Anthropology. The 7th edition of Scupin and Decorse Anthropology was a major upgrade to the 6th edition. The research and writing are generally solid and the authors have real four-fields experience.
It was rather expensive at the outset, but then prices became comparable to other comprehensive four-field textbooks. There is a lot to like in Scupin and Decorse Anthropology.
Part of that tradition is attending to issues of history, colonialism, and political economy, which is a welcome focus for Introduction to Anthropology see Eric Wolf, Europe and the People Without History — Geography, States, Empires. Scupin and DeCorse Anthropology 7th Edition 1. It is unclear what position this means Scupin and Decorse Anthropology will adopt, but on p. They reiterate this on p.
Scupin and DeCorse Anthropology does not discuss later evolutionary ideas such as niche construction. His research began to challenge the scientific racist views, demonstrating conclusively that the brain sizes and cranial capacities of modern humans differ widely within all so-called races.
Scupin and Decorse Anthropology does not discuss present craniometrics. They have some good contemporary references, such as Human skin pigmentation as an adaptation to UV radiation Jablonski and Chaplin on skin color. However, their primary evidence for debunking are still the ideas of clines and the research from Lewontin Scupin and Decorse Anthropology does not discuss evidence and race identification from forensic anthropology.
Forensic anthropology emerges in a later section on applied anthropology Although the Love Canal reference may be dated for contemporary students, it would seem like a perfect place to discuss how social notions of race can become biology and environmental racism.
Scupin and DeCorse Anthropology does not entirely close the loop here, but they do put the pieces close enough for readers to do the rest. As mentioned above, Scupin and Decorse Anthropology does not connect to possible biocultural arguments when discussing IQ.
They discuss the Goodall incidents of violence and aggression without any mention of the changes brought about by human food provisioning and habitat reduction. Although they cite Meredith Small Female Choices: Sexual Behavior of Female Primates on bonobos, there is very little on how bonobo behavior could challenge the stereotypes based on chimpanzee observations.
In general the chapter does not address the most common stereotypes of violence, aggression and dominance as programmed into primates. Indeed, it has been noted that the modern San people of southern Africa sometimes employ persistence hunting; literally chasing animals until they collapse. It is an argument I find quite compelling—if only because it links to my childhood in Montana, where one legendary hunter used persistence hunting for deer and elk.
Scupin and Decorse Anthropology does not discuss bipedalism as a learned behavior or as styles of walking.
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