Book ID: CBB000101630

Readings for a History of Anthropological Theory (2001)


Erickson, Paul A. (Editor)
Murphy, Liam Donat (Editor)

Broadview Press

Publication Date: 2001
Physical Details: xx ii + 714 pp., bibl., glossary, index
Language: English

Description Readings include: Section One: Nineteenth-Century Foundations and Forerunners. Karl Marx, Friedrich Engels: “Bourgeois and Proletarians,” from The Communist Manifesto. Edward Burnett Tylor: “The Science of Culture,” from Primitive Culture. Lewis Henry Morgan: “Ethnical Periods,” from Ancient Society. Herbert Spencer: “Organic Analogy Reconsidered,” from On Social Evolution. Charles Darwin: “General Summary and Conclusion,” from The Descent of Man. Émile Durkheim: “Introduction,” from The Elementary Forms of the Religious Life. Sigmund Freud: “Section III,” from Civilization and Its Discontents. Section Two: The Early Twentieth Century: Anthropology Comes of Age. Franz Boas: “The Methods of Ethnology,” from Race, Language and Culture. Robert Lowie: “Conclusion,” from Primitive Society. Alfred Louis Kroeber: “What Anthropology Is About,” from Anthropology. Margaret Mead: “Introduction,”" from Coming of Age in Samoa. Ruth Benedict: “The Individual and the Pattern of Culture,” from Patterns of Culture. Edward Sapir: “The Unconscious Patterning of Behavior in Society,” from Selected Writings of Edward Sapir in Language, Culture and Personality. Alfred Reginald Radcliffe-Brown: “Social Structure,” from Method in Social Anthropology. Bronislaw Malinowski: “Introduction,” from Argonauts of the Western Pacific. Meyer Fortes; E. E. Evans-Pritchard: “Introduction,” from African Political Systems. Max Weber: “The Sociology of Charismatic Authority,” from Domestic Economy and Society. Section Three: Anthropology at MidLife (c.1950-1980). Max Gluckman: “The Utility of the Equilibrium Model in the Study of Social Change,” from American Anthropologist. Claude Lévi-Strauss: “The Scope of Anthropology [abridged]”. Edmund Leach: “Structuralism in Social Anthropology,” from Structuralism, D. Robey, ed. Clifford Geertz: “Thick Description: Toward an Interpretive Theory of Culture,” from The Interpretation of Cultures. Victor Turner: “Symbols in Ndembu Ritual,” from The Forest of Symbols. Marvin Harris: “The Epistemology of Cultural Materialism,” from Cultural Materialism. Leslie White: “Energy and Tools,” from The Evolution of Culture. Section Four: The Late Twentieth Century and Beyond Discussion. Section Four: Fin-de-Siecle (c.1980-c.2000). Marshall Sahlins: “Introduction” and “Critique of the Vulgar Sociobiology,” from The Use and Abuse of Biology. Derek Freeman: “Mead's Misconstruing of Samoa,” from Margaret Mead and Samoa. Eric R. Wolf: “Introduction,” from Europe and the People Without History. Michael Taussig: “History as Commodity in Some Recent American (Anthropological) Literature,” from Critique of Anthropology. Sidney W. Mintz; Eric R. Wolf: “Reply to Michael Taussig,” from Critique of Anthropology. Michel Foucault: “Truth and Power,”" from The Foucault Reader. Pierre Bourdieu: “Structures, Habitus and Practices,” from Outline of a Theory of Practice. Marilyn Strathern: “Self-Image and the Social Good: Some Implications of Hagen Gender Imaging,” from Sexual Meanings: The Cultural Construction of Gender and Sexuality. Benedict Anderson: “Cultural Roots,”" from Imagined Communities. James Clifford: “Introduction: Partial Truths,” from Writing Culture: The Poetics and Politics of Ethnography. George E. Marcus; Michael M. J. Fischer: “A Crisis in Representation in the Human Sciences,” from Anthropology as Cultural Critique. Sherry B. Ortner: “Theory in Anthropology Since the Sixties,” from Culture/Power/History: A Reader in Contemporary Theory.

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Authors & Contributors
Darnell, Regna
Welsch, Robert Louis
O'Hanlon, Michael
Buschmann, Rainer F.
Edwards, Elizabeth
Kaufmann, Christian
Himalayan Research Bulletin
Ethnohistory: Journal of the American Society for Ethnohistory
Eighteenth-Century Studies
French Colonial History
NTM: Zeitschrift für Geschichte der Naturwissenschaften, Technik und Medizin
History of the Human Sciences
University of Nebraska Press
Berghahn Books
University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
University of Chicago Press
Fielding Graduate University
Cultural anthropology
Anthropology and historical methods
Boas, Franz
Virchow, Rudolf Carl
Douglas, Mary
Hitchcock, John Thayer
Mead, Margaret
Freeman, John Derek
Great Britain
Islands of the Pacific
United States
20th century, early
19th century
20th century
20th century, late
18th century
University of Pennsylvania

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