Culture: The Anthropologists' Account (Google eBook)

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Harvard University Press, Jun 1, 2009 - Social Science - 320 pages
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Suddenly culture seems to explain everything, from civil wars to financial crises and divorce rates. But when we speak of culture, what, precisely, do we mean?

Adam Kuper pursues the concept of culture from the early twentieth century debates to its adoption by American social science under the tutelage of Talcott Parsons. What follows is the story of how the idea fared within American anthropology, the discipline that took on culture as its special subject. Here we see the influence of such prominent thinkers as Clifford Geertz, David Schneider, Marshall Sahlins, and their successors, who represent the mainstream of American cultural anthropology in the second half of the twentieth century--the leading tradition in world anthropology in our day. These anthropologists put the idea of culture to the ultimate test--in detailed, empirical ethnographic studies--and Kuper's account shows how the results raise more questions than they answer about the possibilities and validity of cultural analysis.

Written with passion and wit, "Culture" clarifies a crucial chapter in recent intellectual history. Adam Kuper makes the case against cultural determinism and argues that political and economic forces, social institutions, and biological processes must take their place in any complete explanation of why people think and behave as they do.

  

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As Kuper states, “The core of this book is … an evaluation of what has been the central project in postwar American cultural anthropology” (x). More explicitly, in the first part of the book, he ... Read full review

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Kuper (social anthropology, Brunel Univ., U.K.) takes a penetrating look at the concept of culture, moving from antecedents in 18th- and 19th-century thought to focus on its meaning within post-World ... Read full review

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Contents

CULTURE WARS
1
Part One GENEALOGIES
21
FRENCH GERMAN AND ENGLISH INTELLECTUALS 1930
23
TALCOTT PARSONS AND THE AMERICAN ANTHROPOLOGISTS
47
Part Two EXPERIMENTS
73
CULTURE AS RELIGION AND AS GRAND OPERA
75
BIOLOGY AS CULTURE
122
HISTOR AS CULTURE
159
6 BRAVE NEW WORLD
201
7 CULTURE DIFFERENCE IDENTITY
226
NOTES
249
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
289
INDEX
291
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Adam Kuper is a Fellow of the British Academy.

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