Anthropology in Theory: Issues in Epistemology / Edition 1

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The 57 articles collected in Anthropology in Theory: Issues in Epistemology, together with the editors' introduction, provide the most comprehensive selection of readings and incisive overview available of anthropological theory and epistemology over the past century.

Anthropology in Theory identifies crucial conceptual signposts for the continued resurgence of the discipline and new theoretical directions. Moreover, it demonstrates both the vitality and value of anthropological theorizing within the discipline, as well as how such anthropological projects are fundamentally reconfiguring broader debates in the social sciences: debates about society and culture; structure and agency; identities and technologies; subjectivities and translocality; meta-theory, ontology and epistemology; language and meaning; subjectivity and objectivity; and localities and globalities.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
Anthropology in Theory is a dazzling collection and Moore and Sanders have impeccable taste in theory. Their selection of readings—-an exhibit of famous voices (from Boas to Bourdieu), visionary positions (from functionalism to poststructuralism) and clarion and root concepts (from cultural pattern to cultural hybridity)—-is not only well-designed; the book is certain to be a boon to the practice of teaching anthropology in the new millennium.” Richard A. Shweder, University of Chicago

“This volume offers intellectual questions and debates by which anthropology has come to know itself as a discipline. The editors challenge us to recognize new forms of imagination emerging within and outside of anthropological practice. In this effort, they surpass themselves.” Debbora Battaglia, Mt. Holyoke College

"This book breaks fascinating ground in its breadth of coverage and depth of analysis. The editors have done an exemplary job of engaging the study of Anthropology from myriad angles in an attempt to show the student that mastery of this discipline takes a keen eye and a mind willing to go beyond surface debate into the core of each 'theory'."
The Electric Review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780631229155
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 9/28/2005
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 680
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 1.44 (d)

Meet the Author

Henrietta L. Moore is the William Wyse Chair of Social Anthropology at the University of Cambridge. Her most recent book is Still Life: Hopes, Desires and Satisfactions (2011).

Todd Sanders is Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Toronto, and has worked in Africa for two decades. His books include Those Who Play with Fire: Gender, Fertility and Transformation in East and Southern Africa (2004) and Beyond Bodies: Rainmaking and Sense Making in Tanzania (2008).

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Table of Contents

General introduction
Anthropology and epistemology 1
1 The aims of anthropological research 26
2 The concept of culture in science 36
3 Problems and methods of approach 41
4 Rules for the explanation of social facts 47
5 The limitations of the comparative method of anthropology 58
6 Anthropology and sociology 68
7 The individual and the pattern of culture 77
8 The group and the individual in functional analysis 88
9 The concept and method of cultural ecology 100
10 Energy and the evolution of culture 107
11 On social structure 122
12 Introduction to Political systems of highland Burma 128
13 Social structure 136
14 Understanding and explanation in social anthropology 148
15 Anthropological data and social reality 159
16 Objectification objectified 169
17 Becoming persons : consciousness and sociality in human evolution 180
18 Customs and cultures in animals and humans : neurobiological and evolutionary considerations 193
19 Introduction to Mind, materiality and history 204
20 The development of meaning : ontogeny and culture 220
21 Thick description : toward an interpretive theory of culture 236
22 Anthropology and the analysis of ideology 244
23 Anthropology as interpretive quest 258
24 Structural analysis in linguistics and in anthropology 268
25 Ordinary language and human action 281
26 Language, anthropology and cognitive science 288
27 Introduction to Belief, language, and experience 300
28 The antinomies 305
29 Anthropology and psychology : towards an epidemiology of representations 311
30 Knowledge of the body 322
31 The end of the body? 336
32 The body of the condemned 352
33 Puritanism and the spirit of capitalism 360
34 Introduction to Europe and the people without history 367
35 Introduction to Of revelation and revolution 382
36 Epochal structures I : reconstructing historical materialism 397
37 Structures and the habitus 407
38 Two lectures 417
39 Body and mind in mind, body and mind in body : some anthropological interventions in a long conversation 424
40 So is female to male as nature is to culture? 437
41 Global anxieties : concept-metaphors and pre-theoretical commitments in anthropology 443
42 The rhetoric of ethnographic holism 458
43 Writing against culture 466
44 Cutting the network 480
45 The "objectivity" of knowledge in social science and social policy 494
46 The primacy of the ethical : propositions for a militant anthropology 506
47 Moral models in anthropology 513
48 Postmodernist anthropology, subjectivity, and science : a modernist critique 523
49 The invention of women 540
50 Valorizing the present : orientalism, postcoloniality and the human sciences 546
51 Cosmological deixis and Amerindian perspectivism 552
52 Culture, genuine and spurious : the politics of Indianness in the Vaupes, Colombia 568
53 The near and the elsewhere 587
54 Relativism 598
55 Beyond "culture" : space, identity, and the politics of difference 608
56 What is at stake - and is not - in the idea and practice of multi-sited ethnography 618
57 Grassroots globalization and the research imagination 622
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