Cultural Materialism: The Struggle for a Science of Culture

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Rowman Altamira, 2001 - Social Science - 381 pages
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The best known, most often cited history of anthropological theory is finally available in paperback! First published in 1968, Harris's book has been cited in over 1,000 works and is one of the key documents explaining cultural materialism, the theory associated with Harris's work. This updated edition includes the complete 1968 text plus a new introduction by the author, which discusses the impact of the book and highlights some of the major trends in anthropological theory since its original publication. RAT, as it is affectionately known to three decades of graduate students, comprehensively traces the history of anthropology and anthropological theory, culminating in a strong argument for the use of a scientific, behaviorally-based, ethic approach to the understanding of human culture known as cultural materialism
 

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Contents

Research Strategies and the Structure of Science
5
The Epistemology of Cultural Materialism
29
Theoretical Principles of Cultural Materialism
46
The Scope of Cultural Materialist Theories
77
The Alternatives
115
Introduction To Part II
117
Sociobiology and Biological Reductionism
119
Dialectical Materialism
141
Structuralism
165
Structural Marxism
216
Psychological and Cognitive Idealism
258
Eclecticism
287
Obscurantism
315
Bibliography
343
Index
371
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Marvin Harris is in the department of anthropology at the University of Florida.

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