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Anthropology and the Study of Humanity

Narrated by: Scott M. Lacey
Length: 11 hrs and 55 mins
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What does it mean to be human? Where did we come from? And what unites us in our diversity today? Anthropology and the Study of Humanity is your chance to tackle these big questions as you survey one of the world's most engaging - and human - sciences. Taught by acclaimed professor and field researcher Scott M. Lacy of Fairfield University, these 24 wide-ranging lectures are the ideal guide through the world of anthropology, or the study of humanity across time and space.

Professor Lacy gives you an elegant blend of theory and application to help you understand this extraordinarily interdisciplinary field as a whole. You will examine how humans evolved and built civilizations, review humanity's changing attitudes about our relationship to the cosmos, and consider the many ways we express ourselves. In the end, what you'll discover is that while our species is rich with diversity, we are all one human race.

To anchor this course, Professor Lacy gives you a historical overview of Homo sapiens, starting at the very root of our family tree, when proto-humans split away from other primates in the animal kingdom. As he wends his way across time and around the world, he also introduces the field's four major academic sub-disciplines: biological, archaeological, linguistic, and cultural anthropology.

One of the joys of this course is that it is truly global in the way Professor Lacy introduces you to the boots-on-the-ground practice of the field. When you complete this course, you will have a new appreciation for our world and its many cultures, but you will also have a new appreciation for the cultural connections and similarities we share as one race of Homo sapiens. With a passionate and knowledgeable professor as your guide, this course gives you a broad understanding of academic anthropology, as well as a deeper appreciation for humanity as a whole.

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Interesting but over-earnest

I enjoyed this lecture series and cannot fault the information. However, the delivery was mildly irritating. The author sounded like he was giving an inspirational sales pitch rather than an educational lecture. I would have preferred a more sedate talk.

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Jenko

Brilliant! Something here for everyone and gives a very good insight into anthropology for those not familiar with the subject nor academically inclined. Has changed the way I view some things in life and a highly recommend this book.

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Great overview of the field

Found many new rabbit holes to discover and know now where my interests lie in this field

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  • Carrie Rutan
  • 06-09-2019

Narration is everything with audio..

Although the topic is interesting to me - I wouldn't have bought the book otherwise - I can't stand the presentation. Mr. Lacey cannot get through a paragraph without saying "I mean". He also has some other verbal what I'll call tics "Fred, he went to the post office" rather than "Fred went to the post office". Maybe it's just me, but it's too distracting.

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  • kenneth c dunbar
  • 07-04-2018

Perfect for the Anthropology Student

Dr. Lacey is engaging, entertaining, intelligent, and at times hilarious; in this introduction to Anthropology. While he professes cultural relativism without speaking at any length regarding cultural incompatibility; he still drives home the need for objectivity in researching humans. This is highly recommended for the Anthropology student, especially as I find myself pursuing my masters in the very subject.

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  • Lois Thompson
  • 26-04-2020

Beyond Anthropology 101

I bought this title expecting little more than a review of the Intro to Anthropology class I took in college decades ago and was very pleased to have gotten more than that. Or maybe I’ve forgotten that much? My college professor was a seasoned anthropologist who wore a jacket and tie in class and had rather the air of a British headmaster. Dr. Lacey also has had extensive experience in the field but his manner, his decorum, is far more casual, although both men are equally enthusiastic about their subject. I need add that I thoroughly enjoyed both of these classes. Lacey’s seemingly easy-going manner bothered me at first, but his voice is strong and easy to follow and I got over it. I never accustomed myself to him repeatedly following a noun, proper or generic, with a pronoun that refers back to it though. [Examples: Franz Boas, he...; the villagers, they....] Not a grammatical error, just a personal annoyance. Anyway, if you are interested in social sciences, buy this book.

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  • Ed Patrick
  • 06-12-2017

Fascinating introduction

I found this to be an excellent introduction to anthropology. I did however, find the professor’s grammar to be distracting from the story itself. His enthusiasm and breath of knowledge partially made up for it.

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  • Patrick Gillespie
  • 26-03-2020

very liberal but good

this author is decidedly liberal and he doesn't hide it but he is full of information that is both useful and poignant. it's too bad he couldn't step back from his own culture liberalism to analyze himself a little better. still I recommend it to anyone although a conservative will have a rough time of it

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  • Glenecollins
  • 02-08-2017

Well written, read and with a great message

I enjoyed this course it is very well thought out and entertaining with only a little bias

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  • Haroldo Falcao
  • 23-10-2020

virtue signaling and political correctness

virtue signaling and political correctness tive the tone of this book. better invest in another one.

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  • Steve B.
  • 03-05-2020

Absolutely Fantastic..

His tone and style for these lectures were awe inspiring.. I am an aspiring doctoral student and hope to emulate his energy, candor, and wisdom. Truly inspiring ! ~ Steven Baum

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  • Teeg
  • 29-01-2020

An A+ for The Great Courses

An engaging and comprehensive introduction to the study of world cultures and societies. Offers a valuable wider perspective on the problems facing the world today.

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  • Jen
  • 03-01-2020

Fantastic

This course is very informative engaging. I highly recommend this to anyone who is interested in anthropology.

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  • Roy foley
  • 06-10-2018

very interesting and informative

it was great, a few eureka moments and an eye opener in other areas. really enjoyed it.

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  • a reader
  • 14-06-2017

Engaging tour through anthropology

I found the choice of topics and delivery of these lectures enjoyable and stimulating.
The level might not be very advanced but i wouldn't say it was lower than other material for a more general audience. Maybe you could say the lecturer sounds very slightly pleased with himself but i really didn't find him patronising, and i would actually say he just sounds happy and enthusiastic about his job :)

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  • Ed
  • 28-11-2018

Disappointing

This guy waffles on and on about superficial matters, including a whole chapter on why he picked this as a career. He sounds like a DJ on a pop music radio station and has the same bam wam delivery. A big disappointment and not a "great" course at all

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  • Anonymous User
  • 27-09-2020

rather odd

it feels more like a politcal "hot take" than a factual analysis of humanity. (or rather facets there of) i am not shure if that is the personal agenda of the people involved or the state of cultural antropology as it stands today. i must say im rather disappointed i would not reccomend.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 25-05-2019

Deeply intresting

Covers a huge range of ideas topics and approaches with engaging personal examples. A very enjoyable listen

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  • professor robin matthews
  • 05-06-2017

Disappointing

Would you try another book written by The Great Courses or narrated by Professor Scott M Lacey, PhD?

No. The lecturer is irritating and dumbs down a fascinating subject matter.

What will your next listen be?

Historical great courses most of which are really outstanding.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Patronizing style.

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Fascinating subject matter. What a pity

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