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A History of Anthropological Theory, Fifth Edition / Edition 5

A History of Anthropological Theory, Fifth Edition / Edition 5

by Paul A. Erickson, Liam D. MurphyPaul A. Erickson
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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781442636835
Publisher: University of Toronto Press, Higher Education Division
Publication date: 10/21/2016
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 705,957
Product dimensions: 8.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Paul A. Erickson is a past professor in the Department of Anthropology at Saint Mary's University.

Liam D. Murphy is a professor in the Department of Anthropology 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
The Renaissance
Voyages of Geographical Discovery
The Scientific Revolution
The Enlightenment
The Rise of Positivism
Classical Cultural Evolutionism
Evolutionism versus Diffusionism
Archaeology Comes of Age
Charles Darwin and Darwinism
Sigmund Freud
Émile Durkheim
Max Weber
Ferdinand de Saussure

Part Two: The Earlier Twentieth Century

American Cultural Anthropology
Franz Boas
Robert Lowie and Alfred Louis Kroeber
Margaret Mead and Ruth Benedict
The Development of Psychological Anthropology
French Structural Anthropology
Marcel Mauss
Claude Lévi-Strauss
Edmund Leach and Mary Douglas
Latter-Day Structuralists
Structural Marxists
Marshall Sahlins
The Legacy of French Structural Anthropology
British Social Anthropology
A.R. Radcliffe-Brown
Bronislaw Malinowski
E.E. Evans-Pritchard
Max Gluckman and the “Manchester School”
The Legacy of British Social Anthropology

Part Three: The Later Twentieth Century

Cognitive Anthropology
Edward Sapir
Ethnoscience and the “New Ethnography”
Cultural Neo-evolutionism
Leslie White
Julian Steward
Marshall Sahlins and Elman Service
The New Archaeology
Cultural Materialism
Marvin Harris
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
Post-processual Archaeology
The Influence of Symbolic and Interpretive Approaches
Fredrik Barth
Anthropology and Gender
Feminism and Its Effects
Culture and Sexualities
Political Economy
Marx and the World System
Sins of the Fathers
Ideology, Culture, and Power
Paul Feyerabend
Michel Foucault
Pierre Bourdieu
Anthropology as Text
Medical Anthropology

Part Four: The Early Twenty-First Century

Public Anthropology
World Traditions in Anthropology
The English Language and Anglo-American Hegemony
“Other” Anthropologies
Anthropologies of the Digital Age


Forgetting the Past
Agreeing to Disagree
“-isms” in Schism
History of the Future
Beyond “One Dead Guy a Week”

Study Questions


Sources and Suggested Reading


What People are Saying About This

Jennifer Wies

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.

Marjorie Snipes

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.

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