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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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Summary

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.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

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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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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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Deeply intresting

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

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  • Ed
  • 28-11-18

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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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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  • kenneth c dunbar
  • 07-04-18

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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  • Carrie Rutan
  • 06-09-19

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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  • Ed Patrick
  • 06-12-17

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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  • Glenecollins
  • 02-08-17

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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  • Priscilla E. Newcomb
  • 29-01-20

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
  • 03-01-20

Fantastic

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

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  • Euryleia
  • 15-12-19

Juvenile, Condescending and Shallow

This lecture series sounds like it was written and preformed by a High School student for Junior High and Elementary School kids. There is is a point in one lecture where he actually asks the audience what they think happened next- the only thing missing was "So, boys and girls...". His delivery is too casual for an academic audience, even one that is new to the subject, and filled with "so then", "hey!", "well", "right?", and "so, like". The material itself is superficial and unsatisfying. If this had been my only experience with anthropology I would never touch anything on the subject again.

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  • Mary
  • 23-07-19

This Man is the best teacher I've listened!

Scott Lacey presented his topic in a down to earth way. He makes learning a pleasure. Opening the mind to see things from a different point of view. I would very much like to here more lectures from him.

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  • grahamtheaudiobookman
  • 13-12-18

If you get any Great Courses Lecture, this is the one!

Excellent course! I flew through half of it in an afternoon. Dr. Lacy offers interesting insight and entertaining anecdotes to demonstrate complex ideas across anthropology. Would recommend for anyone who wants to understand themselves in the greater human family!

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  • Aurora
  • 06-07-17

I WANT MY CREDIT BACK

Would you try another book from The Great Courses and/or Professor Scott M Lacey, PhD?

I have a degree in Anthropology and I thought a course with this title would take us through the wonderful world of Anthropology NOT this guy's work experience. Worst great course ever. Tell me I'm going to have to deal with hours of tedious boredom over seeds and farming and give me a choice whether to waste my time. I'm going to go get my credit back. DONT WASTE YOUR CREDIT ON THIS UNLESS YOUR A FARMER ABD INTERESTED IN HIS FARMING METHODS.

Has Anthropology and the Study of Humanity turned you off from other books in this genre?

I have a degree in Anthropology. This is the worst lecture series I've ever heard/attended.

What didn’t you like about Professor Scott M Lacey, PhD’s performance?

I am bored by his seeds, his farming, and his farmers.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

I feel tricked.

Any additional comments?

Pull this terrible Great Book. Let this guy package his farming techniques in some other book.

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