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Readings for a History of Anthropological Theory, Fifth Edition / Edition 5

Readings for 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 reader builds a strong foundation in both classical and contemporary theory, with a sharpened focus on gender and anthropology, and the anthropology of new media and technology. Short introductions and key terms accompany every reading, and light annotations have been added to aid students in reading original articles.

Used on its own or together with A History of Anthropological Theory, Fifth Edition, this anthology offers a flexible and unrivalled introduction to anthropological theory that reflects not only the history but also the changing nature of the discipline today.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781442636873
Publisher: University of Toronto Press, Higher Education Division
Publication date: 10/21/2016
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 664
Sales rank: 810,970
Product dimensions: 7.90(w) x 9.80(h) x 1.40(d)

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


Part One
The Early History of Anthropological Theory
1. Bourgeois and Proletarians
Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels
2. The Science of Culture
Edward Burnett Tylor
3. Ethnical Periods
Lewis Henry Morgan
4. The Organic Analogy Reconsidered
Herbert Spencer
5. General Summary and Conclusion [The Descent of Man]
Charles Darwin
6. [Part] III [Civilization and Its Discontents]
Sigmund Freud
7. Introduction [The Elementary Forms of the Religious Life]
Émile Durkheim
8. The Sociology of Charismatic Authority
Max Weber
9. Nature of the Linguistic Sign and Synchronic and Diachronic Law
Ferdinand de Saussure

Part Two
The Earlier Twentieth Century
10. The Methods of Ethnology
Franz Boas
11. Conclusion [Primitive Society]
Robert Lowie
12. What Anthropology Is About
Alfred Louis Kroeber
13. Introduction [Coming of Age in Samoa]
Margaret Mead
14. The Individual and the Pattern of Culture
Ruth Benedict
15. Structuralism and Ecology
Claude Lévi-Strauss
16. Structuralism in Social Anthropology
Edmund Leach
17. Introduction [Islands of History]
Marshall Sahlins
18. Social Structure
Alfred Reginald Radcliffe-Brown
19. The Subject, Method, and Scope of This Inquiry [Argonauts of the Western Pacific]
Bronislaw Malinowski
20. Rituals of Rebellion in South-East Africa
Max Gluckman

Part Three
The Later Twentieth Century
21. The Unconscious Patterning of Behavior in Society
Edward Sapir
22. Energy and Tools
Leslie White
23. The Epistemology of Cultural Materialism
Marvin Harris
24. Symbols in Ndembu Ritual
Victor Turner
25. Thick Description: Toward an Interpretive Theory of Culture
Clifford Geertz
26. Woman the Gatherer: Male Bias in Anthropology
Sally Slocum
27. Performative Acts and Gender Constitution: An Essay in Phenomenology
and Feminist Theory
Judith Butler
28. The Big Picture: Masculinities in Recent World History
R.W. Connell
29. The New Anthropology of Sexuality
Andrew P. Lyons and Harriet D. Lyons
30. Introduction [Anthropology & the Colonial Encounter]
Talal Asad
31. K nowing the Oriental
Edward W. Said
32. Introduction [Europe and the People Without History]
Eric R. Wolf
33. The Birth of the Asylum
Michel Foucault

34. The Peculiar History of Scientific Reason
Pierre Bourdieu
35. Partial Truths
James Clifford
36. A Crisis of Representation in the Human Sciences
George E. Marcus and Michael M.J. Fischer
37. Theory in Anthropology since the Sixties
Sherry B. Ortner
38. A Critical-Interpretive Approach in Medical Anthropology: Rituals and Routines of Discipline and
Margaret Lock and Nancy Scheper-Hughes

Part Four
The Early Twenty-First Century
Overview 541
39. Disjuncture and Difference in the Global Cultural Economy
Arjun Appadurai
40. Developments in US Anthropology since the 1980s, a Supplement:
The Reality of Center-Margin Relations, To Be Sure, but Changing
(and Hopeful) Affinities in These Relations
George E. Marcus
41. Counterinsurgency as a Cultural System
David B. Edwards
42. Introduction [Other People's Anthropologies]
Aleksandar Bošković and Thomas Hylland Eriksen
43. From Kinship to Link-up: Cell Phones and Social Networking in Jamaica
Heather Horst and Daniel Miller


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This collection of readings is throughfully put together and comprehensive in scope, offering a review of the most influential theoretical writings about anthropology, past and present. As well, the editors provide guidance to readers at all stages of inquiry, making it a valuable tool in teaching.

Marjorie Snipes excellent foundation in the study of anthropological theory, and a productive supplement across disciplines.

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