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Engaging Anthropological Theory: A Social and Political History / Edition 2

Engaging Anthropological Theory: A Social and Political History / Edition 2

by Mark Moberg


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This updated second edition of Mark Moberg's lively book offers a fresh look at the history of anthropological theory. Covering key concepts and theorists, Engaging Anthropological Theory examines the historical context of anthropological ideas and the contested nature of anthropology itself. Anthropological ideas regarding human diversity have always been rooted in the sociopolitical conditions in which they arose and exploring them in context helps students understand how and why they evolved, and how theory relates to life and society. Illustrated throughout, this engaging text moves away from the dry recitation of past viewpoints in anthropology and brings the subject matter to life.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781138631342
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 09/07/2018
Edition description: New
Pages: 454
Product dimensions: 6.25(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

About the Author

Mark Moberg is Professor of Anthropology at the University of South Alabama, USA, and has many years of experience teaching anthropological theory. His other books include Slipping Away: Banana Politics and Fair Trade in the Eastern Caribbean (2008).

Table of Contents

1. Of Politics and Paradigms
2. Claims and Critiques of Anthropological Knowledge
3. Anthropology before Anthropologists
4. Theory and Practice to Change the World
5. Heirs to Order and Progress
6. Spencer, Darwin, and the Evolutionary Parables for our Time
7. The Boasian Revolution
8. Culture and Psychology
9. Functionalism, the Pure and the Hyphenated
10. Anti-Structure and the Collapse of Empire
11. Evolution Redux
12. Contemporary Materialist and Ecological Approaches
13. Symbols, Structures, and the “Web of Significance”
14. Postmodern Political Economy and Sensibilities
15. The Contemporary Anthropological Moment

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