In the latest edition of their popular overview text, Erickson and Murphy continue to provide a comprehensive, affordable, and accessible introduction to anthropological theory from antiquity to the present. A new section on twenty-first-century anthropological theory has been added, with more coverage given to postcolonialism, non-Western anthropology, and public anthropology. The book has also been redesigned to be more visually and pedagogically engaging. Used on its own, or paired with the companion volume Readings for a History of Anthropological Theory, Fourth Edition, this reader offers a flexible and highly useful resource for the undergraduate anthropology classroom.
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About the Author
Liam D. Murphy is a Professor in the Anthropology Department at California State University, Sacramento.
Table of ContentsList of Illustrations
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 v. 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
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
Feminism and Anthropology
Marx and the World System
Sins of the Fathers
Ideology, Culture, and Power
Anthropology as Text
Part Four: The Early Twenty-first Century
Alternative National Traditions in Anthropology
Sources and Suggested Reading
What People are Saying About This
The latest edition adds insightful discussions of important contemporary questions and concerns of the twenty-first century, putting anthropology out into the world of action and activism as well as academia. Further, this text provides rich support for students in the form of discussion questions, detailed glossary, and extensive lists of suggested resources. While most "history of anthropology" books tend to be either too biographical or too theoretical, Erickson and Murphy find just the right balance for students of anthropology.
Erickson and Murphy have done something very important. They have shown that a discipline dominated by fragmenting tendencies has a coherent historical core that helps make sense of the fragmentation. Highly recommended.