Studying Societies and Cultures: Marvin Harris's Cultural Materialism and Its Legacy

Studying Societies and Cultures: Marvin Harris's Cultural Materialism and Its Legacy

by Lawrence A. Kuznar, Stephen K. Sanderson
     
 

ISBN-10: 1594512876

ISBN-13: 9781594512872

Pub. Date: 11/28/2006

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

"A thought-provoking, stimulating volume on the past, present and future of cultural materialism that is both laudatory of Harris' research strategy and critical of it." Paul Shankman, University of Colorado One of the most important anthropologists of all time, Marvin Harris was influential worldwide as the founder of cultural materialism. This book accessibly

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"A thought-provoking, stimulating volume on the past, present and future of cultural materialism that is both laudatory of Harris' research strategy and critical of it." Paul Shankman, University of Colorado One of the most important anthropologists of all time, Marvin Harris was influential worldwide as the founder of cultural materialism. This book accessibly analyzes Harris's theories and their important legacies today. The chapters explore cultural materialism's epistemology and its relation to rational choice theory, Darwinian social science, and population pressures. The authors assess recent attempts to extend and reformulate cultural materialism and highlight cross-cultural, archaeological, and ethnographic applications of cultural materialism today.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781594512872
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
11/28/2006
Series:
Studies in Comparative Social Science
Pages:
344
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents


Preface     vii
List of Contributors     ix
Introduction: The Potentials and Challenges of Cultural Materialism   Lawrence A. Kuznar   Stephen K. Sanderson     1
The Legacy of Cultural Materialism: I
The Impact of Cultural Materialism: A Bibliometric Analysis of the Writings of Marvin Harris   Pamela Effrein Sandstrom   Howard D. White     20
The Theoretical Legacies of Cultural Materialism and Marvin Harris   James Lett     56
The Epistemology of Cultural Materialism
Cultural Materialism, Scientific Anthropology, Epistemology, and "Narrative Ethnographies of the Particular"   H. Sidky     66
Cultural Materialism, Rational Choice, and the Problem of General Ethnography: Marvin Harris and the Struggle for Science in Anthropology   Alan R. Sandstrom     78
Applications of Cultural Materialism
Materialist Particularity in Nuclear Micronesia: A Pre-Postmodernist Theory of Cultural Evolution   James G. Peoples     104
Linking Past and Present: Cultural Materialism, Archaeology, and the Medieval Transition in the Aegean   P. Nick Kardulias     128
Effects of the Physical and Social Environment on Culture: Results of Cross-Cultural Tests   Melvin Ember   Carol R. Ember     153
The Darwinian Challenge to Cultural Materialism
The Effect of Nepotismon the Evolution of Social Inequality   Lawrence A. Kuznar   William G. Frederick   Robert L. Sedlmeyer     168
Coevolutionary Materialism   James W. Dow     180
Marvin Harris, Meet Charles Darwin: A Critical Evaluation and Theoretical Extension of Cultural Materialism   Stephen K. Sanderson     194
The Legacy of Cultural Materialism: II
What Role Does Population Pressure Play in the Evolutionary Dynamics of Marvin Harris?   Robert L. Carneiro     230
Evolutionary Materialism and Darwinian Conflict Theory: A Critical Analysis of Stephen Sanderson's Extensions of Cultural Materialism   David P. Kennedy     238
When Is a Theoretical Strategy Not Cultural Materialism? Comments on Kennedy's Critique of Evolutionary Materialism and Darwinian Conflict Theory   Stephen K. Sanderson     256
Requiscat in Pace-Obituaries of Marvin Harris "Marvin Harris, 74, Is Dead; Professor Was Iconoclast of Anthropologists"   Douglas Martin     261
"Marvin Harris (1927-2001)"   Maxine L. Margolis   Conrad Phillip Kottak     263
Selected Other Obituaries of Marvin Harris     268
Bibliography of Marvin Harris, 1952-2001   Pamela Effrein Sandstrom     269
References     285
Index     313

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