Quantitative Anthropology: A Workbook contributes an anthropological perspective to quantitative methods. The authors address characteristics of quantitative data, entering and manipulating data in SPSS, graphical display of data, distributions and measures of central tendency and dispersion, and hypothesis testing with both parametric and nonparametric statistical tests. Increasingly complex exercises build on cumulative learning from chapter to chapter and stress application of methods beyond coursework.
The focus of the manual is on univariate statistical analysis and is written to be accessible to higher level undergraduate students and graduate students in all fields of anthropology.
Quantitative Anthropology: A Workbook is a one of a kind resource for those involved in anthropological programs and anthropologists in a non-academic setting seeking to augment their skill set.
- Uses anthropological examples (from the subdisciplines of sociocultural anthropology, biological anthropology, and archaeology) to illustrate quantitative data techniques
- Integrates quantitative techniques with theoretical fluency, encouraging the reader to make connections between "Big Picture" questions in anthropology and the methods used to address those questions
- Focuses on practical use of Excel and SPSS to apply quantitative methods to anthropological contexts
- Includes exercises in both parametric and nonparametric inferential statistics as well as descriptive statistics, building first on competency in data management, collection and graphical display
1. Essentials for Quantifying Anthropological Data Sets 2. Managing Data Sets in SPSS 3. Visualizing Data 4. Central Tendency, Dispersion, and Distribution 5. Hypothesis Testing 6. Comparing Two Groups 7. Linear Associations 8. Regression Analysis 9. Tests of Proportions 10. Comparing Three or More Groups
Appendix 1. Distribution Tables 2. Further Reading 3. Final Project Concepts
Dr. Williams is a bioarchaeologist whose primary research centers on understanding human response and adaptation to mass disaster and climate change using an evolutionary framework that incorporates local context, cultural environments, and human health. She has a PhD from the Ohio State University in Anthropology and an MSc from the University of Sheffield in Human Osteology and Funerary Archaeology and has research experience in Germany, England, Italy, and the Eastern United States. Her research spans osteology, archaeology, paleopathology, and historical demography.
Dr. Quave is an anthropological archaeologist who has conducted archaeological and ethno-historical research in the South American Andes for more than a decade. Her work focuses on the everyday experiences among households in communities facing Inca imperialism and Spanish colonialism (11th to 18th centuries). She conducts fieldwork in the rural heartland of the Inca empire in Cusco, Peru. She teaches quantitative anthropology and writing about quantitative social science, as well as researching liberal arts pedagogies. Her work has been published in domestic and international venues, recently including Journal of Field Archaeology, Latin American Antiquity, and Museum Management and Curatorship.