(这个客户后,尼娜·布朗,托马斯·麦基尔雷思和劳拉Tubelle德·冈萨雷斯宣布推出的是什么,我相信是介绍文化人类学课程的第一开放获取教科书。我有blogged about this textbook before所以我很兴奋,这是现已上市!)

Society for Anthropology in Community Colleges(SACC)非常高兴地公布的出版物观点:一个开放的n Invitation to Cultural Anthropology(ISBN 978-1-931303-55-2),开放获取,同行评审的文化人类学教科书。创造这本书的举措初具规模,2012年当几个SACC成员确定需要在我们的社区大学课程更便宜的教材。从我们在上世纪70年代以来,SACC一直支持低收入和第一代的大学学习,并与取向和关注这本书适合。但是我们坚信,这是一个很好的入门教材,它适用于在任何岗位上院校的第一年课程文化人类学。

Book Production and Open Access

生产这本书是的一个重要组成部分Perspectives故事。五年来,一些SACC成员参加每月召开视频会议,在我们每年的业务和董事会会议,指导项目的项目和更多的表达的热情。小编委会主持从高校的工作和25作家在美国和加拿大的章节写的书。他们来自SACC从Teaching Anthropology Interest Group的AAA的一般人类学部门。一些作者,像罗伯特·博罗夫斯基和劳拉·纳德的,是在我们的领域是众所周知的。其他作者是谁发现了这个项目表达自己的人类学的激情和在满足他们的教学目标的一个形式来发布一个新的地方的作家。审稿人名单中包括22所大学和学院教师(see Preface),每个章节都至少由两个人审查以确保内容是全面的,准确的,以及接触到的学生。



其他实物支持从何而来罗伯特·博罗夫斯基谁从提供有用的建议和资源Center for a Public Anthropology我们被美国人类学协会鼓励了。据我们了解,AAA与它的出版计划的过渡期,我们希望这本书,我们认为这是首次在协会内产生的那种,会激发由该协会及其成员等OA称号。

生产Perspectives给了我们一个新的赞赏,大学出版社的价值,特别是十分清楚地了解他们带来生产图书的专业知识。这是安妮Brackenbury,从多伦多大学出版社和Teaching Culture,谁在2016年提醒我们在在AAA会议上SACC会话一家出版环境凡OA与和谐存在其他类型的出版物可能是世界上最好的。事实上,选择Perspectives我们的课程,并从我们的教学大纲消除商业教科书的大量的成本,可能会打开机会,我们采取了我们的同事编写和制作由大学出版社等书。

Teaching with the Book

我们希望学生喜欢使用的一本书nd reading and encouraged authors to highlight their stories as anthropologists.该 chapters are written with general audiences in mind.该 book is offeredthrough a web portalin pdf and epub formats.

该 portal allows for the mixing and matching of nineteen chapters on a range of topics covered in many first year courses.该re is no explicit order in which the chapters must be read or used.该 opportunity for instructors to pair this book directly with their approach to teaching an introductory course is, perhaps, its real strength.Chapters can be used as primary or supplementary materials.And, the book is expandable and additional chapters will be added as people volunteer to write them.

该 website also features some additional teaching resources.该se include interviews with Philippe Bourgois, Fredrik Barth, and Carolyn Nordstrom and a copy of an address, “Can Anthropology Save the World?, by Nancy Scheper-Hughes.A series of short videos in which Robert Borofsky lectures on first year anthropological topics is also available.

该 Cover

We put a lot of thought into the cover, in part because of the discussion on Savage Minds in 2016 aboutdecolonizing anthropology textbook covers。We chose not to use a photograph of particular people or of an exotic ritual.Instead, we asked the designed to consider a colorful illustration of people in an urban setting.We believe the cover calls attention to unconventional anthropological topics but have been cautioned by some reviewers that it isoverly generic(irony not intended!).We ask instructors to #TeachTheCover and to invite critiques of it from students as part of an effort to understand what anthropology is and what anthropologists do.

So far, responses toPerspectivesfrom instructors have been positive.Most like the idea of open access teaching materials.We know of instructors who have adopted the text.Perspectiveswas used this spring by a SACC-affiliated instructor and the incarcerated students she teaches.A few friends and colleagues have suggested that we should do an open access for biological anthropology — and we are prepared to take that as a compliment while thinking seriously about the feasibility of such a project.

Perspectivesreflects the shared conclusion ofSACC, the authors, and editors that open access publishing is one way to engage a new generation of students and, particularly, the diverse students who attend community colleges.If nothing else, we are hopeful thatPerspectivescan bring anthropology to a broader audience of students and general readers outside of our classes.


Alex Golub is an associate professor of anthropology at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa.His bookLeviathans at The Gold Minehas been published by Duke University Press.You can contact him at rex@www.nsftf.com


  1. This has been a very sad, frustrating U.S and World news day for me today.该n I get my Savage minds post with this amazing book and all is right in the world again, mostly.Positive strides such as this can help make up for the steps backward thrust upon us in this chapter of our modern world.Thank you for bringing my smile back.

  2. I just red the culture chapter.I love how it gets to the core of the issues in a way that starting student should be able to follow.