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History and Theory in Anthropology

History and Theory in Anthropology

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  • Date Published: June 2000
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521774321

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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.

    • 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

    "Clear, compact, comprehensive histories of anthropological thought are scarce. This work is a welcome exemplar of all three. Originiating in the author's course on anthropological theory, this work merits a place in hte syllabus of similar courses..." Choice

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    Product details

    • Date Published: June 2000
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521774321
    • length: 256 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.38kg
    • contains: 10 tables
    • availability: Available
  • 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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