I'm a contract major in Anthropology (which is to say that I supplement my classes here at HIU with Cal State Fullerton courses) and I'm reading Taking Sides: Clashing Views in Anthropology for my Contemporary Anthropology class at CSUF. It's interesting because the editors Kirk M. Endicott and Robert L. Welsch focus on one anthropological issue and provide a view of each side of the issue.
I like this book a lot! I really like that the book is formatted so that certain questions are asked, and then the issues are addressed. You can learn in a short amount of time a lot of different anthropological issues that are supported with good evidence. The book addresses issues such as "Is gay marriage natural?", "Can apes learn language?", and "Are humans inherently violent?"
I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in humanity and different issues. For me, fun reading would be something like Harry Potter. Being that I'm in my senior year, however, I read mostly school books, and my next book will likely be yet another textbook.
Roman Holtzen is a senior here at HIU and a contract major with CSUF in Anthropology. With her addition, our blog now features entries from the entire Holtzen family! Her mother Wende Holtzen—Director of Human Resources at Hope's Business Office—told us all about 12: The Elements of Great Managing, and her father, Dr. Wm. Curtis Holtzen—HIU's Associate Professor of Philosophy and Theology—enlightened us with his entry on Wittgenstein's Philosophical Investigations.
Taking Sides: Clashing Views in Anthropology, edited by Kirk M. Endicott and Robert L. Welsch, Fourth Edition, McGraw Hill, 2009.
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