Studying Societies and Cultures: Marvin Harris's Cultural Materialism and Its Legacy

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Lawrence A. Kuznar, Stephen K. Sanderson
Paradigm Publishers, 2007 - Social Science - 332 pages
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"A thought-provoking, stimulating volume on the past, present and future of cultural materialism that is both laudatory of Harris' research strategy and critical of it."Paul Shankman, University of ColoradoOne of the most important anthropologists of all time, Marvin Harris was influentialworldwide as the founder of cultural materialism. This book accessibly analyzes Harris'stheories and their important legacies today. The chapters explore cultural materialism'sepistemology and its relation to rational choice theory, Darwinian social science, andpopulation pressures. The authors assess recent attempts to extend and reformulate cultural materialism and highlight cross-cultural, archaeological, and ethnographic applications ofcultural materialism today.

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Contents

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

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