Studying societies and cultures: Marvin Harris's cultural materialism and its legacy

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Paradigm Publishers, 2007 - Biography & Autobiography - 332 pages
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One of the most important anthropologists of all time, Marvin Harris was influential worldwide as the founder of cultural materialism. This book accessibly analyzes Harris's theories and their important legacies today. The chapters explore cultural materialism's epistemology and its relation to rational choice theory, Darwinian social science, and population pressures. The authors assess recent attempts to extend and reformulate cultural materialism and highlight cross-cultural, archaeological, and ethnographic applications of cultural materialism today.

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A Bibliometric Analysis
The Theoretical Legacies of Cultural Materialism
Cultural Materialism Rational Choice and the Problem

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About the author (2007)

Lawrence A. Kuznar is Professor of Anthropology at Indiana University-Purdue University, Fort Wayne. He is the author of Reclaiming a Scientific Anthropology (Altamira Press 1997).

Stephen K. Sanderson is Professor of Sociology at the University of California-Riverside. He is a specialist in sociological theory and comparative and historical sociologyl and is one of the leading sociologists to develop a Darwinian understanding of human society. He is the author of numerous articles and many books, including Evolutionism and Its Critics (Paradigm 2007).