Fri Apr 16, 2021
(Useful as an introduction to the subject and to develop interest in the subject.)
My Note: If you already have a book on “Cultural Anthropology” that has an introduction to the subject of Anthropology, such as Ember and Ember’s “Cultural Anthropology” , this book may not be needed.
Can be your Primary Reference for Physical Anthropology Topics including:
My Note: This is one of the few books that explains Physical/Biological Anthropology from a cultural and anthropological perspective (as it should be learnt) rather than a biology/zoology perspective.
My Note: For a clear understanding of methods used in Archaeology, and tools from each period.
Useful reference for more details and clarity in:
My Note: This is not compulsory reading if you have another resource or already bought Ember, Ember and Peregrene’s “Anthropology”, but this book is preferable as it provides more nuanced details for major socio-cultural anthropological concepts.
My Note: Most Mains questions from this chapter so far have been pretty straightforward. This book is not compulsory, but you can use this for an overview, especially if you are weak in, or new to Social Sciences/Qualitative Research methodology, so you don’t lose marks in the relatively easier questions. This book outlines merits and demerits of most of the methods.
My Note: This book is written in a much more technical and traditional academic language than others, so you can use this as a reference to write answers more technically. You will have to make your own shorter notes as the book is detailed and not all information given is necessary for your answers.
Till the last few years, many aspirants were able to succeed without specially focusing much on the Anthropological Theories/Contributions, but in recent years, it is necessary to study these in detail to score well.
My Note: Refer this for Welfare and Development programs for Minorities and Tribes, and make brief up-to-date notes while you study each chapter of Paper II. Obviously, this is also a very useful resource for your GS papers.
e-Book and Paperback is available for sale on the Govt. website (https://www.publicationsdivision.nic.in)
Compulsory reading for PAPER II