Visions of Culture: An Introduction to Anthropological Theories and Theorists

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Rowman Altamira, 2004 - Social Science - 379 pages
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This new edition of Visions of Culture presents new anthropology students with a brief, readable, and balanced treatment of theoretical developments in the field from the days of Tylor and Morgan to the present. The key ideas of 24 major theorists are briefly described and, unique to this textbook, linked to the biographical and fieldwork experiences that helped shape their theories. The impact of each academic on contemporary anthropology 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. This edition features new pieces on Sherry Ortner, Pierre Bordieu and Eric Wolf, an Epilogue that describes key current debates over theory, and an update of earlier chapters. This is an ideal text for classes on the theory or the history of anthropology: balanced, interesting and student-friendly. Theorists covered include Tylor, Morgan, Boas, Durkheim, Kroeber, Benedict, Sapir, Mead, Mauss, Malinowski, Radcliffe-Brown, Evans-Pritchard, White, Steward, Harris, Leacock, Levi-Strauss, Turner, Geertz, Douglas, Fernandez, Ortner, Bordieu, and Wolf.
 

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Contents

III
1
IV
5
V
18
VI
33
VII
46
VIII
61
IX
65
X
78
XX
193
XXI
203
XXII
216
XXIII
227
XXIV
231
XXV
247
XXVI
258
XXVII
270

XI
88
XII
104
XIII
117
XIV
121
XV
134
XVI
147
XVII
161
XVIII
175
XIX
179
XXVIII
285
XXIX
291
XXX
303
XXXI
320
XXXII
338
XXXIII
360
XXXIV
373
XXXV
379
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Jerry D. Moore is a professor of anthropology at California State University, Dominquez Hills.

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