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History and Theory in Anthropology

History and Theory in Anthropology


  • Date Published: June 2000
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  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521774321
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  • Anthropology is a discipline very conscious of its history, and Alan Barnard has written a clear, balanced and judicious textbook that surveys the historical contexts of the great debates and traces the genealogies of theories and schools of thought. It also considers the problems involved in assessing these theories. The 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.

    • Challenging and insightful, both for students and for professionals in anthropology and related disciplines
    • Wide coverage, both historical and contemporary, and extensive glossary
    • Up to date with alternative theoretical perspectives and interesting work with older perspectives
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    Reviews & endorsements

    '… valuable key reading for first year anthropology undergraduates …' Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute

    '… Barnard had succeeded to survey a vast field of scholarship. It provides very interesting and agreeable reading.' Anthorpos

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    30th Dec 2018 by Weng15

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    Product details

    • Date Published: June 2000
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521774321
    • length: 256 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 153 x 21 mm
    • weight: 0.42kg
    • contains: 10 tables
    • availability: Temporarily unavailable - available from TBC
  • Table of Contents

    List of figures
    List of tables
    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

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Anthropological Theory
    • Anthropology Seminar
    • Anthropology of Music
    • Contemporary Theories in Anthropology
    • Doing Anthropology
    • Ecological and Environmental Anthropology
    • Folklore in Anthropological Perspective
    • HIstory of Anthropological Theory
    • History of Anthropology
    • History of Anthropology Theory
    • History of Ethnographic Theory
    • Human Conditions Seminar I
    • Introduction to Ethnomusicology
    • Junior Seminar in Anthropology
    • Perspectives in Anthropology
    • Perspectives on Culture
    • Principles of Socio-Cultural Anthropology
    • Savage Minds: Theory in Anthropology
    • Senior Seminar in Anthropology
    • Theory and Methods of Anthropology
    • Theory and Practice of Anthropology
    • intro to cult anthropology
  • Author

    Alan Barnard, University of Edinburgh

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