A comprehensive and accessible survey of the history of theory in anthropology, this anthology of classic readings contains in-depth commentary in introductions and notes to help guide students through excerpts of seminal anthropological works. The commentary provides the background information needed to understand each article, its central concepts, and its relationship to the social and historical context in which it was written.
An undergraduate textbook chronologically surveying the history of anthropological theory through readings ranging from 19th century evolutionism to postmodernism in the 1990s. Each reading is accompanied by commentary providing a background to the article's main concepts and its relationship to the social and historical context in which it was written. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
*Indicates an article new to this editionPreface Contents Introduction Part One: Historical Foundations of Anthropological Theory 19th Century Evolutionism *1. Charles Darwin and Alfred Russel Wallace, "On the Tendency of Species to form Varieties; and on the Perpetuation of Varieties and Species by Natural Means of Selection." (1858) 2. Herbert Spencer, "The Social Organism" (1860) 3. Sir Edward Burnett Tylor, "The Science of Culture" (1871) 4. Lewis Henry Morgan, "Ethnical Periods" (1877) 5. Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, "Feuerbach. Opposition of the Materialist and Idealist Outlook" (1845-1846) The Foundations of Sociological Thought 6. "Emile Durkheim, "What is a Social Fact?" (1895) 7. "Emile Durkheim, The Cosmological System of Totemism and the Idea of Class" (1912) 8. "Marcel Mauss, Extracts from The Gift" (1924) 9. "Max Weber, Class, Status, Party" (1922) Part Two: Culture Theory in the Early Twentieth Century Historical Particularism (and more...)