Classic Anthropology: Critical Essays: 1944-1996 by John W. Bennett, Hardcover | Barnes & Noble
Classic Anthropology: Critical Essays: 1944-1996

Classic Anthropology: Critical Essays: 1944-1996

by John W. Bennett
     
 

"Bennett has produced a personalised and user-friendly, if idiosyncratic, critique of North American anthropology that is surprisingly contemporary in framing and language. Readers will quibble with many interpretations, but Bennett's qualms about anthropolgy, past and present, deserve answers."-Anthropological Forum

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"Bennett has produced a personalised and user-friendly, if idiosyncratic, critique of North American anthropology that is surprisingly contemporary in framing and language. Readers will quibble with many interpretations, but Bennett's qualms about anthropolgy, past and present, deserve answers."-Anthropological Forum

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Booknews
A critique of anthropology's heyday from 1915-1955. The 15 essays examine such issues as the emergence of a functionalist viewpoint in ethnology, the development of a theory of human behavior despite the difficulties caused by culture, how applied anthropology was challenged by "Action Anthropology", and how the interdisciplinary anthropology of the 1940s was submerged in the post-war effort to return the discipline to traditional roots. Several of the older essays include supplementary material, including letters from colleagues and summaries of later research which update the original conclusions. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781560003335
Publisher:
Transaction Publishers
Publication date:
01/01/1997
Pages:
425
Product dimensions:
6.43(w) x 9.27(h) x 1.51(d)

Meet the Author

John W. Bennett (1915-2005) was emeritus professor of anthropology at Washington University, St. Louis. He served as president of the American Ethnological Society and the Society for Applied Anthropology, and was a member of the editorial boards of the Annual Review of Anthropology and Reviews in Anthropology. Among his books are The Ecological Transition: Cultural Anthropology and Human Adaptation, Classic Anthropology: Critical Essays, 1944-1996, and Human Ecology as Human Behavior: Essays in Environmental and Development Anthropology.

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