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An accessible, balanced undergraduate textbook on anthropological theory. Jerry D. Moore's "Visions of Culture" presents students with a brief, readable treatment of theoretical developments in the field from the days of Tylor and Morgan through contemporary postmodernists and cultural materialists. The key ideas of 21 major theorists are briefly described and linked to biographical and fieldwork experiences that helped shape those theories. An assessment of the scholar's impact on contemporary theorizing is presented, along with numerous explanatory examples, illuminating quotes from the theorists' writings, and a description of the broader intellectual setting in which these anthropologists worked. An ideal book for classes on the theory or the history of anthropology.

Author Biography: Jerry D. Moore is a professor of anthropology at California State University, Dominquez Hills.

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An undergraduate text on anthropological theory, surveying theoretical developments in the field from the days of Tylor and Morgan through contemporary postmodernists and cultural materialists. Organized by major themes, chapters describe key ideas of 21 major theorists and assess each scholar's impact on contemporary theorizing. Includes quotes from theorists' writings. For courses in theory and history of anthropology. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761970965
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 9/17/2002
  • Series: Ethics in Practice Series
  • Pages: 104
  • Product dimensions: 5.44 (w) x 8.94 (h) x 0.51 (d)

Meet the Author

Gordon Lynch is lecturer in Social and Pastoral Theology, University of Birmingham.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 7
Introduction: What's the Point? 9
Pt. 1 Founders 15
Ch. 1 Edward Tylor: The Evolution of Culture 17
Ch. 2 Lewis Henry Morgan: The Evolution of Society 29
Ch. 3 Franz Boas: Culture in Contest 42
Ch. 4 Emile Durkheim: The Organic Society 53
Pt. 2 The Nature of Culture 65
Ch. 5 Alfred Kroeber: Configurations of Culture 69
Ch. 6 Ruth Benedict: Patterns of Culture 79
Ch. 7 Edward Sapir: Culture, Language and the Individual 88
Ch. 8 Margaret Mead: The Individual and Culture 101
Pt. 3 The Nature of Society 113
Ch. 9 Marcel Mauss: Elemental Categories, Total Facts 117
Ch. 10 Bronislaw Malinowski: The Functions of Culture 128
Ch. 11 A. R. Radcliffe Brown: The Structures of Society 140
Ch. 12 Edward Evans-Pritchard: Social Anthropology, Social History 152
Pt. 4 Evolutionary, Adaptationist, and Materialist Theories 165
Ch. 13 Leslie White: Evolution Emergent 169
Ch. 14 Julian Steward: Cultural Ecology and Multilinear Evolution 181
Ch. 15 Marvin Harris: Cultural Materialism 190
Ch. 16 Eleanor Burke Leacock: Feminism, Marxism, and History 201
Pt. 5 Structures, Symbols, and Meanings 211
Ch. 17 Claude Levi-Strauss: Structuralism 215
Ch. 18 Victor Turner: Symbols, Pilgrims and Drama 228
Ch. 19 Clifford Geertz: An Interpretive Anthropology 238
Ch. 20 Mary Douglas: Symbols and Structures, Pollution and Purity 248
Ch. 21 James Fernandez: The Play of Tropes 261
Postscript: Current Controversies 271
Index 277
About the Author 283
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