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Almost Human - The Astonishing Tale Of Homo Naledi (Paperback): Lee Berger, John Hawks Almost Human - The Astonishing Tale Of Homo Naledi (Paperback)
Lee Berger, John Hawks 5
R295 R254 Discovery Miles 2 540 Save R41 (14%) In stock

Almost Human is the personal story of a charismatic and visionary palaeontologist, a rich and readable narrative about science, exploration, and what it means to be human.

In 2013, Wits University reasearch professor Lee Berger caught wind of a cache of bones in a hard-to-reach underground cave near Johannesburg. He put out a call around the world for collaborators – men and women small and adventurous enough to be able to squeeze through 8-inch tunnels to reach a sunless cave 40 feet underground. With this team of ‘underground astronauts’, Berger made the discovery of a lifetime: hundreds of prehistoric bones, including entire skeletons of at least 15 individuals, all perhaps two million years old. Their features combined those of known pre-hominids with those more human than anything ever before seen in prehistoric remains. Berger's team had discovered an all new species: Homo naledi.

The cave proved to be the richest pre-hominid site ever discovered, full of implications that challenge how we define ourselves as human. Did these ancestors of ours bury their dead? If so, they must have had an awareness of death, a level of self-knowledge: the very characteristic we used to define ourselves as human. Did an equally advanced species inhabit Earth with us, or before us?

Addressing these questions, Berger counters the arguments of those colleagues who have questioned his controversial interpretations and astounding finds.

Zimbabwe's migrants and South Africa's border farms - The roots of impermanence (Paperback): Maxim Bolt Zimbabwe's migrants and South Africa's border farms - The roots of impermanence (Paperback)
Maxim Bolt
R350 R319 Discovery Miles 3 190 Save R31 (9%) In stock

During the Zimbabwean crisis, millions crossed through the apartheidera border fence, searching for ways to make ends meet. Maxim Bolt explores the lives of Zimbabwean migrant labourers, of settled black farm workers and their dependants, and of white farmers and managers, as they intersect on the border between Zimbabwe and South Africa. Focusing on one farm, this book investigates the role of a hub of wage labour in a place of crisis. A close ethnographic study, it addresses the complex, shifting labour and life conditions in northern South Africa's agricultural borderlands. Underlying these challenges are the Zimbabwean political and economic crisis of the 2000s and the intensifi ed pressures on commercial agriculture in South Africa following market liberalization and post-apartheid land reform. But, amidst uncertainty, farmers and farm workers strive for stability. The farms on South Africa's margins are centers of gravity, islands of residential labour in a sea of informal arrangements.

On Trails - An Exploration (Paperback): Robert Moor On Trails - An Exploration (Paperback)
Robert Moor
R284 R221 Discovery Miles 2 210 Save R63 (22%) Within 7 - 11 working days
A Kinship of Bones Aids, Intimacy and Care in Rural KwaZulu-Natal (Paperback): Patricia C. Henderson A Kinship of Bones Aids, Intimacy and Care in Rural KwaZulu-Natal (Paperback)
Patricia C. Henderson
R235 R218 Discovery Miles 2 180 Save R17 (7%) Within 4 - 10 working days

From 2003-2006, Patricia Henderson lived in the South African province of KwaZulu-Natal, where she recorded the experiences of people living with HIV/AIDS. In this illumination study, she recounts the concerns of rural people and explores local repertoires through which illness was folded into everyday life. The book spans a period when antiretroviral medication was not available and moves on to a time when the treatment became accessible. Hope gradually became manifest in the recovery of a number of people through antiretroviral therapies and 'the return' of bodies they could recognise as their own. This research implies that protracted interaction with people over time, offers insights into the unfolding textures of everyday life, in particular in its focus on suffering, social and structural inequality, illness, violence, mourning, sensibility, care and intimacy.

The Silo Effect - Why putting everything in its place isn't such a bright idea (Paperback): Gillian Tett The Silo Effect - Why putting everything in its place isn't such a bright idea (Paperback)
Gillian Tett
R340 R270 Discovery Miles 2 700 Save R70 (21%) Within 8 - 15 working days

In Fracture, award-winning journalist Gillian Tett examines the structural development of institutions such as UBS, Sony and the Bank of England. While the world is increasingly interlinked in some senses, it remains profoundly fragmented in others. As organizations become larger and more global than ever before, they are apt to be divided and sub-divided into numerous different departments to facilitate productivity. However, there is a trap to the inevitability of these silos. The tunnel vision and tribalism that silos can lead to makes groups less innovative and can lead to disastrous mistakes. Institutions worldwide are made up of silos operating in isolation from one another. Fracture is an eye-opening account that takes a radical anthropological approach in suggesting how we might draw them back together.

Sociology - A South African Perspective (Paperback): Mariam Seedat, Zanetta Jansen, Rene Smith, Joan Ferrante Sociology - A South African Perspective (Paperback)
Mariam Seedat, Zanetta Jansen, Rene Smith, Joan Ferrante
R604 R522 Discovery Miles 5 220 Save R82 (14%) Within 8 - 13 working days

In the past twenty five years, South Africa has seen incredible amounts of reform and change culturally and politically. Sociology: A South African Perspective introduces you the reader to sociological concepts and theories and demonstrates how important these are to understanding South Africa and what is means to be South African. Leading experts from across South Africa have come together to contribute chapters on a wide range of sociological ideas that affect the country.

The Alternative Introduction to Biological Anthropology (Paperback): Jonathan Marks The Alternative Introduction to Biological Anthropology (Paperback)
Jonathan Marks
R851 Discovery Miles 8 510 Within 7 - 15 working days

In The Alternative Introduction to Biological Anthropology, author Jon Marks presents an innovative framework for thinking about the major issues in the field with fourteen original essays designed to correlate to the core chapters in standard textbooks. Each chapter draws on and complements--but does not reconstitute (except for the sake of clarity)--the major data and ideas presented in standard texts. Marks explores such topics as how we make sense of data about our origins, where our modern ideas comes from, our inability to separate natural facts from cultural facts and values as we try to understand ourselves, and the social and political aspects of science as a culturally situated mental activity.
Features
* Offers clear, intelligent, and completely original discussions-injected with a sense of humor-that will keep students reading
* Addresses core topics in a way that does not simply mirror what is in the basic textbooks but offers a new spin, thereby fostering critical thinking
* Complements traditional textbooks in biological anthropology and explores connections between biological and general anthropology
* Provides expert integration of topics, coherent narratives, and salient examples
* Utilizes theme statements at the start of each chapter that introduce the breadth of information covered and engage students in the material

Face and Mask - A Double History (Hardcover): Hans Belting Face and Mask - A Double History (Hardcover)
Hans Belting; Translated by Thomas S. Hansen, Abby J. Hansen
R779 R571 Discovery Miles 5 710 Save R208 (27%) Within 7 - 11 working days

A cultural history of the face in Western art, ranging from portraiture in painting and photography to film, theater, and mass mediaThis fascinating book presents the first cultural history and anthropology of the face across centuries, continents, and media. Ranging from funerary masks and masks in drama to the figural work of contemporary artists including Cindy Sherman and Nam June Paik, renowned art historian Hans Belting emphasizes that while the face plays a critical role in human communication, it defies attempts at visual representation.Belting divides his book into three parts: faces as masks of the self, portraiture as a constantly evolving mask in Western culture, and the fate of the face in the age of mass media. Referencing a vast array of sources, Belting's insights draw on art history, philosophy, theories of visual culture, and cognitive science. He demonstrates that Western efforts to portray the face have repeatedly failed, even with the developments of new media such as photography and film, which promise ever-greater degrees of verisimilitude. In spite of sitting at the heart of human expression, the face resists possession, and creative endeavors to capture it inevitably result in masks-hollow signifiers of the humanity they're meant to embody.From creations by Van Eyck and August Sander to works by Francis Bacon, Ingmar Bergman, and Chuck Close, Face and Mask takes a remarkable look at how, through the centuries, the physical visage has inspired and evaded artistic interpretation.

Anthropology - The Human Challenge, International Edition (Paperback, 14th edition): William A. Haviland, Dana Walrath, Harald... Anthropology - The Human Challenge, International Edition (Paperback, 14th edition)
William A. Haviland, Dana Walrath, Harald Prins, Bunny McBride
R888 R757 Discovery Miles 7 570 Save R131 (15%) Within 8 - 13 working days

Explore 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 ANTHROPOLOGY: THE HUMAN CHALLENGE, 14E, International Edition provide a holistic view of anthropology to help you make sense of today's world. You'll discover the different ways humans face the challenge of existence; the connection between biology and culture in the shaping of human behavior; and the impact of globalization on peoples and cultures around the world.

Think Like an Anthropologist (Paperback): Matthew Engelke Think Like an Anthropologist (Paperback)
Matthew Engelke 1
R202 R168 Discovery Miles 1 680 Save R34 (17%) Within 7 - 11 working days

How does anthropology help us understand who we are?What can it tell us about culture, from Melanesia to the City of London? Why does it matter?For well over one hundred years, social and cultural anthropologists have traversed the world from urban Zimbabwe to suburban England, Beijing to Barcelona, uncovering surprising facts, patterns, predilections and, sometimes, the inexplicable, in terms of how humans organize their lives and articulate their values. By weaving together theories and examples from around the world, Matthew Engelke brilliantly shows why anthropology matters: not only because it allows us to understand other points of view, but also because in the process, it reveals something about ourselves too.

Paradise Now - The Story of American Utopianism (Paperback): Chris Jennings Paradise Now - The Story of American Utopianism (Paperback)
Chris Jennings
R313 R242 Discovery Miles 2 420 Save R71 (23%) Within 7 - 11 working days
Arab Women in the Field - Studying Your Own Society (Paperback): Soraya Altorki, Camillia Fawzi El-Solh Arab Women in the Field - Studying Your Own Society (Paperback)
Soraya Altorki, Camillia Fawzi El-Solh
R341 R286 Discovery Miles 2 860 Save R55 (16%) Within 7 - 15 working days
Anthropology - The Human Challenge (Paperback, International ed of 13th revised ed): William A. Haviland, Dana Walrath, Bunny... Anthropology - The Human Challenge (Paperback, International ed of 13th revised ed)
William A. Haviland, Dana Walrath, Bunny McBride, Harald E. L. Prins
R754 R647 Discovery Miles 6 470 Save R107 (14%) Within 8 - 13 working days

Explore 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 "Anthropology: The Human Challenge, International Edition" provide a holistic view of anthropology to help you make sense of today's world. With this text you will discover the different ways humans face the challenge of existence, the connection between biology and culture in the shaping of human behavior, and the impact of globalization on peoples and cultures around the world.

The Politics of Piety - The Islamic Revival and the Feminist Subject (Paperback): Jessica Johnson The Politics of Piety - The Islamic Revival and the Feminist Subject (Paperback)
Jessica Johnson
R136 Discovery Miles 1 360 Within 7 - 11 working days
Enhanced Ethnographic Methods - Audiovisual Techniques, Focused Group Interviews, and Elicitation (Paperback): Jean J.... Enhanced Ethnographic Methods - Audiovisual Techniques, Focused Group Interviews, and Elicitation (Paperback)
Jean J. Schensul, Margaret Diane LeCompte, B.K. Nastasi, Stephen P. Borgatti
R688 Discovery Miles 6 880 Within 7 - 15 working days

A newer edition of this book is available for ordering at the following web address: https://rowman.com/ISBN/9780759122031 In addition to the traditional use of participant observation, interviews, and surveys, qualitative researchers have developed a variety of other methods to obtain information in their studies. Visual data from film and still photographs are now supplemented with video and computer techniques and are used in many settings. Focused group interviews, once in the domain of market researchers, are now regularly used by qualitative researchers as well. Elicitation techniques, such as triads, pile sorts, and freelists, originally developed by cognitive anthropologists have been widely adopted to help understand the inner workings of the members of a group. In this brief volume, these three sets of methods are explained in simple, practical language. The authors describe when and how to use these sets of techniques for community research, market research, and formative evaluation and other health, social welfare, and educational settings both domestically and internationally.

The Gift (Paperback): The Gift (Paperback)
R136 Discovery Miles 1 360 Within 7 - 11 working days
Alone with the President (Paperback): John Strausbaugh Alone with the President (Paperback)
John Strausbaugh
R304 R260 Discovery Miles 2 600 Save R44 (14%) Within 7 - 15 working days
Eskimo Essays - Yup Ik Lives and How We See Them (Paperback, New): Ann Fienup-Riordan Eskimo Essays - Yup Ik Lives and How We See Them (Paperback, New)
Ann Fienup-Riordan
R652 Discovery Miles 6 520 Within 7 - 15 working days

"A wonderful gift to all Alaskans and to thinking people everywhere." --Alaska History Eskimo Essays introduces the reader to important aspects of the ideology and practice of the Yup'ik Eskimos of western Alaska, past and present.The essays point the way toward a fuller recognition of how Yup'ik Eskimos differ from the popular Western image of the Eskimo that was born largely without reference to Yup'ik reality. By describing the reality of Yup'ik life, "Eskimo Essays" extends our understanding of Eskimos in general and Yup'ik Eskimos in particular. Ann Fienup-Riordan argues that Western observers have simultaneously naturalized Eskimos as paragons of simplicity and virtue and historicized them as victims of Western imperialism. This process has often ignored Eskimo concepts of society, history, and personhood. An original assumption of similarity to Western society has profoundly affected the current Euro-American view of Eskimo history and action. Non-natives have taken an idealized Western individual, dressed that person up in polar garb, and then assumed they understood the garment's maker. The result is a presentation of Eskimo society that often tells us more about the meaning we seek in our own. Moreover, modern Eskimos have risen to the challenge and to some extent become what we have made them. Bridging the gap between informed scholarship and popular concepts, Fienup-Riordan provides a compelling and fresh presentation of Yup'ik life--cosmology, the missionary experience, attitudes toward conservation, Eskimo art, the legal system, warfare, and ceremonies. Ann Fienup-Riordan is an anthropologist who has published widely on the Eskimos of Alaska. She was named Historian of the Year by the Alaska Historical Society in 1991, and in 2000, in recognition of "Hunting Tradition in a Changing World."

Guns, Germs, and Steel - The Fates of Human Societies (Paperback): Jared Diamond Guns, Germs, and Steel - The Fates of Human Societies (Paperback)
Jared Diamond 1
R342 R267 Discovery Miles 2 670 Save R75 (22%) Within 7 - 11 working days

In this "artful, informative, and delightful" (William H. McNeill, New York Review of Books) book, Jared Diamond convincingly argues that geographical and environmental factors shaped the modern world. Societies that had had a head start in food production advanced beyond the hunter-gatherer stage, and then developed religion --as well as nasty germs and potent weapons of war --and adventured on sea and land to conquer and decimate preliterate cultures. A major advance in our understanding of human societies, Guns, Germs, and Steel chronicles the way that the modern world came to be and stunningly dismantles racially based theories of human history. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, the Phi Beta Kappa Award in Science, the Rhone-Poulenc Prize, and the Commonwealth club of California's Gold Medal.

Cultural Anthropology - An Applied Perspective (Paperback, 10th edition): Susan Andreatta, Gary Ferraro Cultural Anthropology - An Applied Perspective (Paperback, 10th edition)
Susan Andreatta, Gary Ferraro
R683 R585 Discovery Miles 5 850 Save R98 (14%) Within 8 - 13 working days

Explore cultural anthropology and its relevance in today's world with Gary Ferraro and Susan Andreatta's CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY: AN APPLIED PERSPECTIVE, Tenth Edition. This contemporary book provides interesting real-world examples and applications of the principles and practices of anthropology, helping readers appreciate other cultures as well as their own--and apply what they learn to situations in their personal and professional life.

Lucy - A Poem (Paperback, New): Jean Valentine Lucy - A Poem (Paperback, New)
Jean Valentine
R166 R139 Discovery Miles 1 390 Save R27 (16%) Within 7 - 15 working days

"Lucy / your secret book / that you leaned over and wrote just in the dirt-- / Not having to have an ending / Not having to last. . . ."

And so begins Jean Valentine's provocative new work, "Lucy," a poem that pays homage to the three million-year-old skeleton of the earliest known hominid. With a deep sense of gratitude and profound longing, this poem celebrates the creative power of the female by introducing us to one of our oldest human ancestors. In a dreamlike and often fractured syntax that is vintage Valentine, Lucy, the "wildgood mother" of our species, can once again be heard.

The Omnivore's Dilemma - A Natural History of Four Meals (Paperback): Michael Pollan The Omnivore's Dilemma - A Natural History of Four Meals (Paperback)
Michael Pollan
R314 R243 Discovery Miles 2 430 Save R71 (23%) Within 7 - 11 working days

One of the "New York Time""s Book Review""'s "Ten Best Books of the Year
Winner of the James Beard Award
Author of #1 "New York Times" Bestsellers "In Defense of Food "and "Food Rules"
Today, buffeted by one food fad after another, America is suffering from what can only be described as a national eating disorder. Will it be fast food tonight, or something organic? Or perhaps something we grew ourselves? The question of what to have for dinner has confronted us since man discovered fire. But as Michael Pollan explains in this revolutionary book, how we answer it now, as the dawn of the twenty-first century, may determine our survival as a species. Packed with profound surprises, "The Omnivore's Dilemma "is changing the way Americans thing about the politics, perils, and pleasures of eating.
"Thoughtful, engrossing ... You're not likely to get a better explanation of exactly where your food comes from."
-"The New York Times Book Review"
"An eater's manifesto ... Pollan's] cause is just, his thinking is clear, and his writing is compelling. Be careful of your dinner "
-"The Washington Post"
"Outstanding... a wide-ranging invitation to think through the moral ramifications of our eating habits."
"--The New Yorker"
"If you ever thought 'what's for dinner' was a simple question, you'll change your mind after reading Pollan's searing indictment of today's food industry-and his glimpse of some inspiring alternatives.... I just loved this book so much I didn't want it to end."
"-The Seattle Times"
Michael Pollan's newest book "Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation"--the story of our most trusted food expert's culinary education--was published by The Penguin Press in April 2013.

Building Bones - Bone Formation and Development in Anthropology (Hardcover): Christopher J. Percival, Joan T. Richtsmeier Building Bones - Bone Formation and Development in Anthropology (Hardcover)
Christopher J. Percival, Joan T. Richtsmeier
R1,352 Discovery Miles 13 520 Within 7 - 15 working days

Bone is the tissue most frequently recovered archaeologically and is the material most commonly studied by biological anthropologists, who are interested in how skeletons change shape during growth and across evolutionary time. This volume brings together a range of contemporary studies of bone growth and development to highlight how cross-disciplinary research and new methods can enhance our anthropological understanding of skeletal variation. The novel use of imaging techniques from developmental biology, advanced sequencing methods from genetics, and perspectives from evolutionary developmental biology improve our ability to understand the bases of modern human and primate variation. Animal models can also be used to provide a broad biological perspective to the systematic study of humans. This volume is a testament to the drive of anthropologists to understand biological and evolutionary processes that underlie changes in bone morphology and illustrates the continued value of incorporating multiple perspectives within anthropological inquiry.

Too Clever for Our Own Good - Hidden Facets of Human Evolution (Paperback): Kaoru Yamamoto Too Clever for Our Own Good - Hidden Facets of Human Evolution (Paperback)
Kaoru Yamamoto
R515 Discovery Miles 5 150 Within 7 - 15 working days

Too Clever for Our Own Good closely studies the phenomenon of 'evolution through culture.' Unlike the 'evolution through genetics, ' typical in other creatures, this uniquely human process hinges upon making and using myriad cultural extensions of our own creation, devices both material and nonmaterial. These concrete and abstract cultural extensions, such as clothing, shelter, tools, language, ethics, and social organizations, have enormously enhanced our capacity for controlling nature, other people, and ourselves. The author draws upon his own background in the natural and social sciences to examine a wide array of human experiences, ranging from the use of concrete technological inventions to that of more symbolic extensions like logic, metaphor, and self-image. In this exploration, attention is called not only to the constructive power of these 'tools, ' but also, and more significantly, to their often overlooked, negative consequences. The critical analysis of the role of cultural extensions in human evolution is relevant for both general readers and students or specialists in human sciences and educatio

Too Clever for Our Own Good - Hidden Facets of Human Evolution (Hardcover): Kaoru Yamamoto Too Clever for Our Own Good - Hidden Facets of Human Evolution (Hardcover)
Kaoru Yamamoto
R1,187 Discovery Miles 11 870 Within 7 - 15 working days

Too Clever for Our Own Good closely studies the phenomenon of "evolution through culture." Unlike the "evolution through genetics," typical in other creatures, this uniquely human process hinges upon making and using myriad cultural extensions of our own creation, devices both material and nonmaterial. These concrete and abstract cultural extensions, such as clothing, shelter, tools, language, ethics, and social organizations, have enormously enhanced our capacity for controlling nature, other people, and ourselves. The author draws upon his own background in the natural and social sciences to examine a wide array of human experiences, ranging from the use of concrete technological inventions to that of more symbolic extensions like logic, metaphor, and self-image. In this exploration, attention is called not only to the constructive power of these "tools," but also, and more significantly, to their often overlooked, negative consequences. The critical analysis of the role of cultural extensions in human evolution is relevant for both general readers and students or specialists in human sciences and education.

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