The following books are introductory books that can help student learn about anthropology.

Engelke, Matthew. 2018. How to think like an anthropologist. Princeton University Press.

–Drawing on examples and theories from around the world, this book provides a lively and accessible introduction to anthropology.

McCurdy, David W., James Spradley, and Dianna Shandy, eds. 2015. Conformity and Conflict: Readings in Cultural Anthropology (15th edition). Pearson Education.

–Consisting of 39 short articles, this book touches on major subfields and contemporary concerns of anthropology.

Eriksen, Thomas Hylland. 2015. Small Places, Large Issues: An Introduction to Social and Cultural Anthropology (4th edition). Pluto Press.

–This book presents a clear overview of anthropology, demonstrating the scope of the discipline and also the importance of a comparative perspective.

Ingold, Tim. 2018. Anthropology: Why It Matters. Polity.

–A passionately argued book that shows how anthropology can play an important role in the most heated ethical and political debates of our time, and why anthropology matters to us all.

King, Charles. 2020. Gods of the Upper Air. Anchor.

–A history of the birth of cultural anthropology, which led to a fundamental reimagining of human diversity.

Bahn, Paul. 2012. Archaeology: A Very Short Introduction (2nd edition). Oxford: Oxford University Press. 

(中譯本:保羅 ∙ 巴恩。1998年。《當代學術入門 ∙ 考古學》。牛津大學出版社。)

–A concise introduction to archaeology.

Mathews, Gordon. 2011. Ghetto at the Center of the World: Chungking Mansions, Hong Kong . Chicago: The University of Chicago Press. 

(中譯本:Gordon Mathews著,Yang Yang譯。2013年。《世界中心的貧民窟:香港重慶大廈》。青森文化。)

–In this book, Gordon Mathews, professor and former chair of our Department, shows through candid and enthralling stories how globalization actually works in Chungking Mansions.

Raffles, Hugh. 2011. Insectopedia. Vintage. 

–A book about the human worlds insects generate.




–A digital magazine about the human world, aiming to bring anthropology to the public.

Unseen Connections – A Natural History of the Cellphone

–An anthropologist explaining how a little part of everywhere in the world is inside your phone.



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