Scenes from the High Desert: Julian Steward's Life and Theory

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Julian Steward (1902-72) is best remembered in American anthropology as the creator of cultural ecology, a theoretical approach that has influenced generations of archaeologists and cultural anthropologists. Virginia Kerns considers the intellectual and emotional influences of Steward's remarkable career, exploring his early life in the American West, his continued attachments to western landscapes and inhabitants, his research with Native Americans, and the writing of his classic work, Theory of Culture Change. ...

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Overview

Julian Steward (1902-72) is best remembered in American anthropology as the creator of cultural ecology, a theoretical approach that has influenced generations of archaeologists and cultural anthropologists. Virginia Kerns considers the intellectual and emotional influences of Steward's remarkable career, exploring his early life in the American West, his continued attachments to western landscapes and inhabitants, his research with Native Americans, and the writing of his classic work, Theory of Culture Change. With fluid prose and rich detail, the book captures the essence and breadth of Steward's career while carefully measuring the ways he reinforced the male-centered structure of mid-twentieth-century American anthropology.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780252076350
  • Publisher: University of Illinois Press
  • Publication date: 1/7/2009
  • Edition description: 1st Edition
  • Pages: 448
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Virginia Kerns, a professor of anthropology at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, is the author of Women and the Ancestors: Black Carib Kinship and Ritual.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction 1
1 An Eastern Childhood 17
2 West to Deep Springs 35
3 University Years, East and West 57
4 Berkeley and Beyond 75
5 From Far West to Midwest 102
6 The Utah Years 123
7 Southwestern Sights 151
8 Return to the High Desert 175
9 Washington Ways and Means 206
10 East of Everything 235
11 At Home on the Prairie 263
12 Notes from the Ninetieth Meridian 286
Conclusion 313
Notes 329
References Cited 385
Index 407
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