Studying Societies and Cultures: Marvin Harris's Cultural Materialism and Its Legacy
Lawrence A. Kuznar, Stephen K. Sanderson
Paradigm Publishers, 2007 - Social Science - 332 pages
"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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