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A History of Anthropological Theory / Edition 3 available in Paperback
This overview of the history of anthropological theory provides a comprehensive history from antiquity through to the twenty-first century, with a focus on the twentieth century and beyond. Unlike other volumes, it also offers a four-field introduction to theory. As a stand-alone text, or used in conjunction with the companion volume Readings for a History of Anthropological Theory, Erickson and Murphy offer a comprehensive, affordable, and contemporary introduction to anthropological theory.
The third edition has been updated and fully revised throughout to closely parallel the presentation in the companion reader, making it easier to use both books in tandem. New original essays by contemporary theorists bring theories to life, and portraits of important theorists make it a handsome volume. Sources and suggested readings have been updated, and glossary definitions have been updated, streamlined, and standardized.
|Publisher:||University of Toronto Press, Higher Education Division|
|Edition description:||third edition|
|Product dimensions:||7.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(d)|
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 vs. Diffusionism
Archaeology Comes of Age
Charles Darwin and Darwinism
Ferdinand de Saussure
Speaking About Anthropological Theory: Janice Boddy
Part Two: The Early 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
Speaking About Anthropological Theory: Lee D. Baker
Part Three: The Later Twentieth and Early Twenty-First Centuries
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
Speaking About Anthropological Theory: Lila Abu-Lughod
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
The third edition of an already popular book hits the mark once again in several important ways. First, it continues to promote the time-honoured four-field approach to anthropology. This is critical for students' understanding of the interconnected nature of ideas and the human experience. Second, the glossary and review questions are enhanced and are an added bonus. And finally, new life is breathed into theory with the 'stories' of contemporary anthropologists, who bring their uses of anthropological theory to life for the readers.
Erickson and Murphy's uniquely accessible and intelligent text draws students into a 'dialogue with the ancestors.' The coverage is extraordinary (especially when paired with the companion volume of readings) and resituates the history of anthropology as essential to contemporary disciplinary practice.
A History of Anthropological Theory continues to stand well apart from its peers in both its narrative elegance and broad disciplinary sweep. Essays written by Janice Boddy, Lee Baker, and Lila Abu-Lughod are particularly exciting contributions to this edition, as they offer students rich and highly personal insight into the dynamic interplay between anthropological fieldwork, theory, and analysis.