Studying societies and cultures: Marvin Harris's cultural materialism and its legacy
Paradigm Publishers, 2007 - Biography & Autobiography - 332 pages
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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