The fifth edition of this bestselling theory text has been revised throughout, with substantial updates, including more on gender and sexuality, and with a new section on Anthropologies of the Digital Age. Keyword definitions have been reinstated in the margins, and biographical information on theorists has been enhanced to build stronger context for readers. On its own or used with the companion volume, Readings for a History of Anthropological Theory, this text provides comprehensive coverage in a flexible and easy-to-use format for teaching in the undergraduate anthropology classroom.
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About the Author
Paul A. Erickson is Professor and Chair of the Department of Anthropology at St. Mary's University in Halifax.
Liam D. Murphy is a Professor in the Anthropology Department at California State University, Sacramento.
Table of Contents
List of Figures
Part One: The Early History of Anthropological Theory
Anthropology in Antiquity
The Middle Ages
Voyages of Geographical Discovery
The Scientific Revolution
The Rise of Positivism
Classical Cultural Evolutionism
Evolutionism versus Diffusionism
Archaeology Comes of Age
Charles Darwin and Darwinism
Ferdinand de Saussure
Part Two: The Earlier Twentieth Century
American Cultural Anthropology
Robert Lowie and Alfred Louis Kroeber
Margaret Mead and Ruth Benedict
The Development of Psychological Anthropology
French Structural Anthropology
Edmund Leach and Mary Douglas
The Legacy of French Structural Anthropology
British Social Anthropology
Max Gluckman and the "Manchester School"
The Legacy of British Social Anthropology
Part Three: The Later Twentieth Century
Ethnoscience and the "New Ethnography"
Marshall Sahlins and Elman Service
The New Archaeology
Nature versus Nurture
Biology of Behaviour
The New Physical Anthropology
Ethology and Behavioural Genetics
Symbolic and Interpretive Anthropology
Victor Turner and Symbolic Anthropology
Clifford Geertz and Interpretive Anthropology
The Influence of Symbolic and Interpretive Approaches
Anthropology and Gender
Feminism and Its Effects
Culture and Sexualities
Marx and the World System
Sins of the Fathers
Ideology, Culture, and Power
Anthropology as Text
Part Four: The Early Twenty-First Century
World Traditions in Anthropology
The English Language and Anglo-American Hegemony
Anthropologies of the Digital Age
Forgetting the Past
Agreeing to Disagree
"-isms" in Schism
History of the Future
Beyond "One Dead Guy a Week"
Sources and Suggested Reading
What People are Saying About This
Erickson and Murphy present a chronological and comprehensive history of anthropology theory that artfully explains the social and political contexts of key anthropological thinkers. By attending to the unique contributions of the subfields of anthropology as well as the unifying canon, this text provides a straightforward and sophisticated review of theory that resonates with teachers and students of anthropology. The new edition extends the work of earlier editions, making it the strongest theory text available.
I am impressed with the quality of materials in this text. Providing provocative, reflective questions for each historical period and a wide-ranging, up-to-date list of supplementary readings, it is an excellent tool for classroom engagement, and invites students to dig more deeply into the material.