Readings for a History of Anthropological Theory / Edition 3

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Overview

This comprehensive anthology presents 34 readings that are critical to an understanding of anthropological theory and the development of anthropology as an academic discipline. The readings have broad anthropological appeal, emphasizing cultural anthropology in the North American and European traditions.

Thematic coverage begins with nineteenth-century foundations and forerunners, before moving on to the early and mid-twentieth century when anthropology comes of age. The last section looks at numerous late twentieth-century and early twenty-first-century developments in anthropological theory, including feminist anthropology, postmodernity, medical anthropology, and globalization.

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Jon Marks

"Erickson and Murphy have managed to encompass the theoretical breadth and ethnographic scope of the anthropological enterprise, and have produced a volume that will be of great pedagogical value. Their own contributions lead the student gracefully through diverse anthropological approaches, perspectives, and arguments—and out the other end into (post-)modernity. A valuable resource!"

Anne Meneley

"This volume offers an excellent selection of the classics of anthropological theory with thoughtful commentary by the editors. An indispensable teaching text."

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"Erickson and Murphy have managed to encompass the theoretical breadth and ethnographic scope of the anthropological enterprise, and have produced a volume that will be of great pedagogical value. Their own contributions lead the student gracefully through diverse anthropological approaches, perspectives, and arguments—and out the other end into (post-)modernity. A valuable resource!"

"This volume offers an excellent selection of the classics of anthropological theory with thoughtful commentary by the editors. An indispensable teaching text."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781442600904
  • Publisher: University of Toronto Press, Higher Education Division
  • Publication date: 8/23/2008
  • Edition description: second edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 500
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

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

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

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Table of Contents

Preface
Introducing Anthropological History and Theory
Pt. 1 Nineteenth-Century Foundations and Forerunners
1 Bourgeois and Proletarians 15
2 The Science of Culture 26
3 Ethnical Periods 43
4 The Organic Analogy Reconsidered 56
5 General Summary and Conclusion [The Descent of Man] 63
6 Introduction [The Elementry Forms of the Religious Life] 76
7 [Part] III [Civilization and its Discontents] 95
Pt. 2 The Early Twentieth Century: Anthropology Comes of Age
8 The Methods of Ethnology 121
9 Conclusion [Primitive Society] 130
10 What Anthropology Is About 141
11 Introduction [Coming of Age in Samoa] 155
12 The Individual and the Pattern of Culture 163
13 The Unconscious Patterning of Behavior in Society 181
14 Social Structure 197
15 The Subject, Method and Scope of This Inquiry [Argonauts of the Western Pacific] 206
16 Introduction [African Political Systems] 228
17 The Sociology of Charismatic Authority 247
Pt. 3 Anthropology at Midlife
18 The Utility of the Equilibrium Model in the Study of Social Change 271
19 The Scope of Anthropology 302
20 Structuralism in Social Anthropology 313
21 Thick Description: Toward an Interpretive Theory of Culture 332
22 Symbols in Ndembu Ritual 357
23 Energy and Tools 383
24 The Epistemology of Cultural Materialism 408
Pt. 4 Toward 2000 and Beyond
25 Introduction and Critique of the Vulgar Sociobiology [The Use and Abuse of Biology] 441
26 Mead's Misconstruing of Samoa 454
27 Introduction [Europe and the People Without History] 466
28 History as Commodity in Some Recent American (Anthropological) Literature 490
29 Reply to Michael Taussig 507
30 Truth and Power 514
31 Structures, Habitus, and Practices 533
32 Self-Interest and the Social Good: Some Implications of Hagen Gender Imagery 543
33 Cultural Roots 573
34 Introduction: Partial Truths [Writing Culture] 598
35 A Crisis of Representation in the Human Sciences 631
36 Theory in Anthropology Since the Sixties 642
Conclusion: Making Anthropological Histories 689
Glossary 697
Acknowledgements 711
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