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Visions of Culture: An Annotated Reader is an anthology of articles coordinated for use with Visions of Culture: An Introduction to Anthropological Theories and Theorists. Each selection is prefaced with a brief introduction about the anthropologist and the text. Each primary text is followed by a section titled “Queries and Connections,” a series of questions designed to help students focus on the central issues in each text and to relate them to other readings.

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1. Visions of Culture:
An Introduction to Anthropological Theories and Theorists
Fourth Edition
Jerry D. Moore

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2. Visions of Culture
An Annotated Reader
Jerry D. Moore

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780759118553
  • Publisher: AltaMira Press
  • Publication date: 6/16/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 516
  • Sales rank: 453,944
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Jerry D. Moore is professor and chair of anthropology at CSU, Dominguez Hills.

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Table of Contents

Part I: Introduction
1. Edward Tylor, from Primitive Culture
2. Lewis Henry Morgan, from Ancient Society
3. Franz Boas, from The Methods of Ethnology
4. Émile Durkheim, from Elementary Forms of the Religious Life (Excerpts)

Part II: The Nature of Culture
5. Alfred Kroeber, from Disposal of the Dead
6. Ruth Benedict, from Configurations of Culture in North America
7. Edward Sapir, from Language: An Introduction to the Study of Speech
8. Margaret Mead, from More Comprehensive Field Methods

Part III: The Nature of Society
9. Marcel Mauss, from The Gift: Forms and Functions of Exchange in Archaic Societies
10. Bronislaw Malinowski, from The Primitive Economics of the Trobriand Islanders
11. A. R. Radcliffe-Brown, from The Comparative Method in Social Anthropology
12. Edward E. Evans-Pritchard, from Social Anthropology: Past and Present

Part IV. Evolutionary, Adaptationist, and Materialist Theories
13. Leslie A. White, from Energy and the Evolution of Culture
14. Julian Steward, from Linguistic Distributions and Political Groups of the Great Basin Shoshoneans
15. Marvin Harris, from Anthropology and the Theoretical and Paradigmatic Significance of the Collapse of Soviet and East European Communism
16. Eleanor Burke Leacock, from Women's Status in Egalitarian Society: Implications for Social Evolution

Part V: Structures, Symbols, and Meaning
17. Claude Lévi-Strauss, from The Structural Study of Myth
18. Victor Turner, from Symbols in African Ritual
19. Clifford Geertz, from Ritual and Social Change: A Javanese Example
20. Mary Douglas, from Animals in Lele Religious Symbolism

Part VI. Structures, Practice, Agency, Power
21. James W. Fernandez, from Symbolic Consensus in a Fang Reformative Cult
22. Sherry B. Ortner, from On Key Symbols
23. Pierre Bourdieu, from The Berber House of the World Reversed
24. Eric R. Wolf, from Types of Latin American Peasantry: A Preliminary Discussion
25. Marshall D. Sahlins, from Poor Man, Rich Man, Big-Man, Chief: Political Types in Melanesia and Polynesia

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