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A History of Anthropologyby Thomas Hylland Eriksen
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This is the first book to cover the entire history of social and cultural anthropology in a single volume. Beginning with a summary of the discipline in the nineteenth century, exploring major figures such as Morgan and Tylor, it goes on to provide a comprehensive overview of the discipline in the twentieth century.The bulk of the book is devoted to themes and controversies characteristic of post First World War anthropology, from structural functionalism via structuralism to hermeneutics, cultural ecology, discourse analysis and, most recently, globalization and postmodernism. The authors emphasise throughout the need to see changes in the discipline in a wider social, political and intellectual context. This is a timely, concise history of a major discipline, in an engaging and thought-provoking narrative, that will appeal to students of anthropology worldwide.
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Without aspiring to compete with the full textbook available, social anthropologists Erikson (U. of Olso) and Nielsen (U. of Copenhagen) succinctly outline the history of the science. They begin with precursors from ancient Greece to the Enlightenment, and progress to post-postmodern trends of the 1990s. Distributed in the US by Stylus Publishing.
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This work covers the history of social and cultural anthropology in a single volume. It covers themes and controversies characteristic of post World War I anthropology, from structural functionalism via structuralism to hermeneutics, cultural ecology and discourse analysis.
A concise yet comprehensive history of anthropology and a timely reassessment of the discipline. The entire history of social and cultural anthropology in a single volume.
About the Author
Thomas Hylland Eriksen is Professor of Social Anthropology at the University of Oslo. He is the author of numerous books on anthropological issues, including Ethnicity and Nationalism and Small Places, Large Issues (both published by Pluto Press).Finn Sivert Nielsen is a senior lecturer in social anthropology at the University of Copenhagen. He has published on fieldwork, Russia and the USSR and general anthropology.
Table of Contents
2. Victorians, Germans and a Frenchman
3. Four founding fathers
4. Expansion and institutionalisation
5. Forms of change
6. The power of symbols
7. Questioning authority
8. The end of modernism?
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