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History and Theory in Anthropology

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Anthropology is a discipline very conscious of its history. Alan Barnard has written a clear, detailed overview of anthropological theory that brings out the historical contexts of the great debates, tracing the genealogies of theories and schools of thought. His book covers the precursors of anthropology; evolutionism in all its guises; diffusionism and culture area theories, functionalism and structural-functionalism; action-centered theories; processual and Marxist perspectives; the many faces of relativism, structuralism and poststructuralism; and recent interpretive and postmodernist viewpoints. This is a balanced and judicious survey, which also considers the problems involved in assessing anthropological theories.

Synopsis:

Overview of anthropological theory covering the historical contexts of the great debates.

Synopsis:

An overview of anthropological theory, this study covers the historical contexts of the great debates.

Synopsis:

Alan Barnard has written a clear but detailed overview of anthropological theory that brings out the historical contexts of the great debates, tracing the genealogies of theories and schools of thought. His book covers the precursors of anthropology; evolutionism in all its guises; diffusionism and culture area theories, functionalism and structural-functionalism; action-centred theories; processual and Marxist perspectives; the many faces of relativism, structuralism and post-structuralism; and recent interpretive and postmodernist viewpoints. This is a balanced and judicious survey, which also considers the problems involved in assessing anthropological theories.

Table of Contents

List of figures; List of tables; Preface; 1. Visions of anthropology; 2. Precursors of the anthropological tradition; 3. Changing perspectives on evolution; 4. Diffusionist and culture-area theories; 5. Functionalism and structural-functionalism; 6. Action-centred, processual and Marxist perspectives; 7. From relativism to cognitive science; 8. Structuralism, from linguistics to anthropology; 9. Poststructuralists, feminists and (other) mavericks; 10. Interpretive and postmodernist approaches; 11. Conclusions; Appendix 1: dates of birth and death of individuals mentioned in the text; Appendix 2: glossary; References; Index.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780521774321
Author:
Barnard, Alan
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Location:
Cambridge, U.K.
Subject:
History
Subject:
Anthropology
Subject:
Anthropology -- History.
Subject:
Anthropology -- Philosophy.
Subject:
Anthropology - General
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
no. 346
Publication Date:
20000631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
10 tables 12 figures
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
8.95x6.02x.65 in. .80 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , Overview of anthropological theory covering the historical contexts of the great debates.
"Synopsis" by , An overview of anthropological theory, this study covers the historical contexts of the great debates.
"Synopsis" by , Alan Barnard has written a clear but detailed overview of anthropological theory that brings out the historical contexts of the great debates, tracing the genealogies of theories and schools of thought. His book covers the precursors of anthropology; evolutionism in all its guises; diffusionism and culture area theories, functionalism and structural-functionalism; action-centred theories; processual and Marxist perspectives; the many faces of relativism, structuralism and post-structuralism; and recent interpretive and postmodernist viewpoints. This is a balanced and judicious survey, which also considers the problems involved in assessing anthropological theories.
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