Could anyone recommend some accessible anthropology literature? What would be 5 (or so) good books a generally educated person could read?
I think this is a great question. I actually asked a similar question last August in this post, and while there were a few people who provided their 5 picks (here and here), I’d like to raise this question again to see what we come up with here. If you had to pick 5 anthropology books that best represent the discipline, and that are also accessible to general readers, what would they be? Just to get the ball rolling, here’s my new list:
- Debt, the First 5,000 Years by David Graeber
- Paradise in Ashes by Beatriz Manz
- Culture on Tour by Edward Bruner
- Righteous Dopefiend by Bourgois and Schonberg
- Behind the Gates by Setha Low
My list is by no means definitive, and it’s almost impossible to pick only five. My list also obviously has a socio-cultural anthropology slant. So it would be great to see suggestions from linguistic anthropologists, biological anthropologists, archaeologists, medical anthropologists, etc. What books would you pick? Let’s hear it.
PS: Thanks, Michael, for bringing up this question.