Visions of Culture: An Introduction to Anthropological Theories and Theorists / Edition 3

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This new edition of Jerry D. Moore's Visions of Culture presents anthropology students with a brief, readable, and balanced treatment of theoretical developments in the field. The key ideas of major theorists, with Marshall Sahlins as a new addition, are briefly described and-unique to this textbook-linked to the biographical and fieldwork experiences that helped shape their theories. The impact of each scholar on contemporary anthropology is presented, along with numerous examples, quotes from the theorists' writings, and a description of the broader intellectual setting in which these anthropologists worked.

About the Author:
Jerry D. Moore is professor of anthropology at California State University, Dominguez Hills, and author of Cultural Landscapes in the Ancient Andes: Archaeologies of Place

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Editorial Reviews

Reed Riner
A rich combination of biography and theoretical summary that brings anthropology theorists to life by tying together elements of their personal, fieldwork, and theoretical dimensions.
Christina von Mayrhauser
My students and I have found that Visions of Culture helps them identify important anthropological concepts and ideas and, further, associate ideas with a person and the totality of his or her work and life.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780759111462
  • Publisher: AltaMira Press
  • Publication date: 7/17/2008
  • Edition description: Third Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 1,285,101
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Jerry D. Moore is professor of anthropology at California State University, Dominguez Hills.

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Table of Contents

Introduction What's the point?

Pt. I Founders 1

1 Edward Tylor: the evolution of culture 5

2 Lewis Henry Morgan : the evolution of society 18

3 Franz Boas : culture in context 33

4 Emile Durkheim : the organic society 46

Pt. II The nature of culture 61

5 Alfred Kroeber : configurations of culture 65

6 Ruth Benedict : Patterns of culture 78

7 Edward Sapir : culture, language, and the individual 88

8 Margaret Mead : the individual and culture 104

Pt. III The nature of society 117

9 Marcel Mauss : elemental categories, total facts 121

10 Bronislaw Malinowski : the functions of culture 134

11 A. R. Radicliffe-Brown : the structures of society 147

12 Edward Evans-Pritchard : social anthropology, social history 161

Pt. IV Evolutionary, adaptationist, and materialist theories 175

13 Leslie White : evolution emergent 179

14 Julian Steward : cultural ecology and multilinear evolution 194

15 Marvin Harris : cultural materialism 204

16 Eleanor Burke Leacock : feminism, Marxism, and history 217

Pt. V Structures, symbols, and meaning 227

17 Claude Levi-Strauss : structuralism 231

18 Victor Turner : symbols, pilgrims, and drama 247

19 Clifford Geertz : an interpretive anthropology 259

20 Mary Douglas : symbols and structures, pollution and purity 272

Pt. VI Structures, practice, agency, power 289

21 James Fernandez : the play of tropes 295

22 Sherry Ortner : symbols, gender, practice 307

23 Pierre Bourdieu : an anthropology of practice 325

24 Eric Wolf : culture, history, power 343

25 Marshall Sahlins : culture matters 365

Postscript Currentcontroversies 385

Index 393

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