Visions of Culture: An Introduction to Anthropological Theories and Theorists (Google eBook)

Front Cover
Rowman Altamira, Jan 1, 2000 - Social Science - 400 pages
3 Reviews
An accessible, balanced undergraduate textbook on anthropological theory. Jerry D. Moore's Visions of Culture presents students with a brief, readable treatment of theoretical developments in the field from the days of Tylor and Morgan through contemporary postmodernists and cultural materialists. The key ideas of 21 major theorists are briefly described and linked to biographical and fieldwork experiences that helped shape those theories. An assessment of the scholar's impact on contemporary theorizing is presented, along with numerous explanatory examples, illuminating quotes from the theorists' writings, and a description of the broader intellectual setting in which these anthropologists worked. An ideal book for classes on the theory or the history of anthropology.
  

What people are saying - Write a review

Review: Visions of Culture: An Introduction to Anthropological Theories and Theorists

User Review  - Travis Hamilton - Goodreads

A great intro to anthropology theorists and bits of their theory... Read full review

Review: Visions of Culture: An Introduction to Anthropological Theories and Theorists

User Review  - Betsy McGee - Goodreads

Clear, concise, and very, very easy to read. An absolute must for anthropologists! Read full review

Contents

Chapter 1 Edward Tylor
3
Chapter 2 Lewis Henry Morgan
13
Chapter 3 Franz Boas
25
Chapter 4 Émile Durkheim
37
Part II THE NATURE OF CULTURE
49
Chapter 5 Alfred Kroeber
51
Chapter 6 Ruth Benedict
63
Chapter 7 Edward Sapir
89
Chapter 14 Julian Steward
209
Chapter 15 Marvin Harris
229
Chapter 16 Eleanor Burke Leacock
245
Part V STRUCTURES SYMBOLS AND MEANING
275
Chapter 17 Claude LéviStrauss
277
Chapter 18 Victor Turner
299
Chapter 19 Clifford Geertz
315
Chapter 20 Mary Douglas
343

Chapter 8 Margaret Mead
107
Part III THE NATURE OF SOCIETY
123
Chapter 9 Marcel Mauss
125
Chapter 10 Bronislaw Malinowski
137
Chapter 11 A R RadcliffeBrown
153
Chapter 12 Edward E EvansPritchard
169
Part IV EVOLUTIONARY ADAPTIONIST AND MATERIALIST THEORIES
185
Chapter 13 Leslie A White
187
Part VI STRUCTURES PRACTICE AGENCY AND POWER
359
Chapter 21 James W Fernandez
361
Chapter 22 Sherry B Ortner
391
Chapter 23 Pierre Bourdiew
405
Chapter 24 Eric R Wolf
419
Chapter 25 Marshall D Sahlins
457
Index
503
Copyright

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2000)

Jerry D. Moore is a professor of anthropology at California State University, Dominquez Hills.

Bibliographic information