Re: Hist of anth

David DeGusta (degusta@UCLINK.BERKELEY.EDU)
Thu, 15 Sep 1994 23:37:54 -0800

>On Thu, 15 Sep 1994, Matthew Cooper wrote:
>> I'm teaching a one-term lecture course on the history of anthropology
>> this term (second year, about 100 students). One of the problems I've had
>> is finding a recent text suitable for that level student. Any suggestions?
>>On Fri, 16 Sep 1995, Ana Lian wrote:
>I suggest:
>Richard Leakey "Origins reconsidered". I loved this book as it is very
>stimmulating in rethinking what we are and what makes us what we are.
>It is not a text book, but what an extraorinary source.
>ania lian
No offense, but I suggest NOT. My objection is not based on R.
Leakey's point of view, but rather the poor quantity and quality of
information in Origins Reconsidered. Check out some of the professional
reviews of the book. Perhaps it could be a useful "primary" document if
compared with other accounts of the same events, but I doubt it. If you
want to use a popular book about paleoanthropology, I'd suggest Bones of
Contention by Roger Lewin (Touchstone, 1987). IMHO, it's reasonably
well-balanced and carefully done.
In my history of anthropology course at U.C. Berkeley, we used
Bruce Trigger's _A History of Archaeological Thought_ along with a reader
of articles focusing on the other subdisciplines. Trigger's book, though
centered on archaeology, also covers at least the main line of developments
in socio-cultural anthro.
Hope this helps.
David DeGusta
Department of Anthropology
University of California, Berkeley