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 introductory anthropology students with a brief, readable, and balanced treatment of theoretical developments in the field. The key ideas of major theorists 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.

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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: 1,219,042
  • 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, and author of Cultural Landscapes in the Ancient Andes: Archaeologies of Place .

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Table of Contents

Part 1 Part One: Founders Chapter 2 Chapter One: Edward Tylor: The Evolution of Culture Chapter 3 Chapter Two: Lewis Henry Morgan: The Evolution of Society Chapter 4 Chapter Three: Franz Boaz: Culture in Context Chapter 5 Chapter Four: Emile Durkheim: The Organic Society Part 6 Part Two: The Nature of Culture Chapter 7 Chapter Five: Alfred Kroeber: Configurations of Culture Chapter 8 Chapter Six: Ruth Benedict: Patterns of Culture Chapter 9 Chapter Seven: Edward Sapir: Culture, Language and the Individual Chapter 10 Chapter Eight: Margaret Mead: The Individual and Culture Part 11 Part Three: The Nature of Society Chapter 12 Chapter Nine: Marcel Mauss: Elemental Categories, Total Facts Chapter 13 Chapter Ten: Bronislaw Malinowski: The Functions of Culture Chapter 14 Chapter Eleven: A.R. Radcliffe-Brown: The Structures of Society Chapter 15 Chapter Twelve: Edwards Evans-Pritchard: Social Anthropology, Social History Part 16 Part Four: Evolutionary, Adaptionist, and Materialist Theories Chapter 17 Chapter Thirteen: Leslie White: Evolution Emergent Chapter 18 Chapter Fourteen: Julian Steward: Cultural Ecology and Multilinear Evolution Chapter 19 Chapter Fifteen: Marvin Harris: Cultural Materialism Chapter 20 Chapter Sixteen: Eleanor Burke Leacock: Feminism, Marxism, and History Part 21 Part Five: Structures, Symbols, and Meaning Chapter 22 Chapter Seventeen: Claude Levi-Strauss: Structuralism Chapter 23 Chapter Eighteen: Victor Turner: Symbols, Pilgrims, and Drama Chapter 24 Chapter Nineteen: Clifford Geertz: An Interpretive Anthropology Chapter 25 Chapter Twenty: Mary Douglas: Symbols and Structures, Pollution and Purity Part 26 Part Six: Structures, Practice, Agency, Power Chapter 27 Chapter Twenty-one: James Fernandez: The Play of Tropes Chapter 28 Chapter Twenty-two: Sherry Ortner: Symbols, Gender, Practice Chapter 29 Chapter Twenty-three: Pierre Bourdieu: An Anthropology of Practice Chapter 30 Chapter Twenty-four: Eric Wolf: Culture, History, Power Chapter 31 Chapter Twenty-five: Marshall Sahlins: Culture Matters

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