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Overview

This edition features a new preface and new and expanded sections on transactionalism, feminist anthropology, postmodernity, medical anthropology, and globalization.
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What People Are Saying

Terri Castaneda

A History of Anthropological Theory continues to stand well apart from its peers in both its narrative elegance and broad disciplinary sweep. Essays written by Janice Boddy, Lee Baker, and Lila Abu-Lughod are particularly exciting contributions to this edition, as they offer students rich and highly personal insight into the dynamic interplay between anthropological fieldwork, theory, and analysis.

Yolanda Moses

The third edition of an already popular book hits the mark once again in several important ways. First, it continues to promote the time-honoured four-field approach to anthropology. This is critical for students' understanding of the interconnected nature of ideas and the human experience. Second, the glossary and review questions are enhanced and are an added bonus. And finally, new life is breathed into theory with the 'stories' of contemporary anthropologists, who bring their uses of anthropological theory to life for the readers.

Regna Darnell

Erickson and Murphy's uniquely accessible and intelligent text draws students into a 'dialogue with the ancestors.' The coverage is extraordinary (especially when paired with the companion volume of readings) and resituates the history of anthropology as essential to contemporary disciplinary practice.

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A History of Anthropological Theory continues to stand well apart from its peers in both its narrative elegance and broad disciplinary sweep. Essays written by Janice Boddy, Lee Baker, and Lila Abu-Lughod are particularly exciting contributions to this edition, as they offer students rich and highly personal insight into the dynamic interplay between anthropological fieldwork, theory, and analysis.

The third edition of an already popular book hits the mark once again in several important ways. First, it continues to promote the time-honoured four-field approach to anthropology. This is critical for students' understanding of the interconnected nature of ideas and the human experience. Second, the glossary and review questions are enhanced and are an added bonus. And finally, new life is breathed into theory with the 'stories' of contemporary anthropologists, who bring their uses of anthropological theory to life for the readers.

Erickson and Murphy's uniquely accessible and intelligent text draws students into a 'dialogue with the ancestors.' The coverage is extraordinary (especially when paired with the companion volume of readings) and resituates the history of anthropology as essential to contemporary disciplinary practice.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781551115269
  • Publisher: University of Toronto Press, Higher Education Division
  • Publication date: 5/7/2003
  • Edition description: third edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 283
  • Product dimensions: 6.05 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.74 (d)

Meet the Author

Paul A. Erickson is Professor and Chair of the Department of Anthropology at Saint Mary's University.

Liam D. Murphy is Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology at California State University, Sacramento.

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Table of Contents

Preface 11
Introduction 17
Pt. 1 The Early History of Anthropological Theory 21
Anthropology in Antiquity 21
The Middle Ages 26
The Renaissance 28
Voyages of Geographical Discovery 30
The Scientific Revolution 34
The Enlightenment 37
The Rise of Positivism 40
Marxism 42
Classical Cultural Evolutionism 47
Evolutionism vs. Diffusionism 54
Archaeology Comes of Age 57
Darwinism 60
Pt. 2 The Early Twentieth Century 73
American Cultural Anthropology 73
French Structural Anthropology 89
British Social Anthropology 100
Pt. 3 The Later Twentieth Century and Beyond 113
Cognitive Anthropology 115
Cultural Neo-Evolutionism 117
Cultural Materialism 123
Biologized Anthropology 125
Symbolism and Meaning in Anthropology and Archaeology 131
Transactionalism 143
Feminist Anthropology 145
Political Economy 148
Postmodernity 155
Conclusion 173
A Postmodern Dilemma 174
A Field United 175
History of the Future 178
Beyond "One Dead Guy A Week" 180
Review Questions 181
Glossary 191
Suggested Reading 215
Sources 266
Index 269
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