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Pages: 224
Series: Beginner's Guides
Imprint: Oneworld
Illustrations: Illustrations


A Beginner's Guide

Joy Hendry, Simon Underdown

Discover the biological and social origins of our species
9781851689309 (1 Aug 2012)
RRP £9.99 / US$14.95

The Book

In this illuminating tour of humanity, Joy Hendry and Simon Underdown reveal the origins of our species, and the fabric of human society, through the discipline of anthropology. Via fascinating case studies and discoveries, they unravel our understanding of human behaviours and beliefs, including how witchcraft has been used to justify misfortune, and debunk old-fashioned ideas about “race” based upon the latest genetic research. They even share what our bathroom tells us about our concept of the body – and ourselves.


From our evolutionary ancestors, through our rites of passage, to our responses to globalization, Hendry and Underdown provide the essential first step to understanding the world as an anthropologist would – in all its diversity and commonality.

Additional Information

Series Beginner's Guides
Pages 224
Imprint Oneworld
Illustrations Illustrations

About the Author

Joy Hendry is Professor Emerita of Social Anthropology at Oxford Brookes University in the UK and is author of the university-level textbook Sharing Our Worlds, now in its second edition.


Simon Underdown is Senior Lecturer in Biological Anthropology at Oxford Brookes University, where his research explores human evolution and disease.


-- A wonderfully accessible introduction, with a clear focus on the needs of students first coming to the field. Dr Faye Healey-Clough Anthropology lecturer, Gloucestershire College, UK