Engaging ideas, transforming minds
Engaging ideas, transforming minds

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Canadian Scholars’ Press
313 pages
6.75 x 9.75 inches
January 2012
Print ISBN: 9781551304076


This is the first introductory text that focuses on social anthropological research using Canadian examples and perspectives. In this groundbreaking new book, Edward Hedican provides undergraduate students with a solid background on the theoretical and applied aspects of anthropology, while exploring the rich history of the discipline in a Canadian context.

In ten concise chapters, readers are introduced to the basic conceptual building blocks of introductory anthropology in a refreshingly succinct and engaging way. With a strong focus on Canadian theory, this book includes discussion of evolutionism, feminist anthropology, marriage and the family, and political economy.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1: The Scope of Anthropology
Chapter 2: Anthropology in Canada
Chapter 3: Explanation, Generalization, and Theory
Chapter 4: From Evolutionism to Feminist Anthropology
Chapter 5: Research Design, Strategies, and Methods
Chapter 6: Marriage and the Family
Chapter 7: Kinship, Descent, and Affinity
Chapter 8: Political Economy
Chapter 9: Ethnicity and Identity
Chapter 10: Anthropology in the Future

Edward Hedican

Edward Hedican is a Professor of Anthropology at the University of Guelph, where he has taught for thirty-six years. He has conducted extensive field work among the Anishenabe of northern Ontario and among farmers in Donegal, Ireland.


"The major strength of this work is the author's grasp of Canadian material. He writes about Canadian issues lucidly for Intro Level students and makes it interesting."

"It will be a very resourceful tool for those who teach and learn about cultural anthropology in Canada [...] The book is not duplicating any existing material, [and] I think it will make a significant contribution to Canadian anthropology."
—  Maria Cristina Manzano-Munguia, Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla

Instructor Resources

When you adopt Social Anthropology, we are pleased to provide you with:

  • a test bank containing multiple choice questions, true or false questions, short answer questions, and discussion questions for each chapter,

  • an Instructor's Manual containing suggested in-class activities, assignments, and films, and

  • PowerPoint slides for each chapter.

"The Instructor’s Manual for Edward Hedican’s Social Anthropology: Canadian Perspectives on Culture and Society is a rich set of practical exercises for helping introductory anthropology students learn core concepts. The manual is really a compilation of student-centred activities. I like it because the activities are suited to different styles of teaching and learning. They are adaptable, achievable projects suitable for classes of all sizes. The manual is about teaching anthropology – and it is full of new ideas to try out."
Tad McIlwraith, University of Guelph

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Student Resources

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