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Anthropological Theory : An Introductory History - 3rd edition

Anthropological Theory : An Introductory History (ISBN10: 0072840463; ISBN13: 9780072840469)
ISBN13: 978-0072840469
ISBN10: 0072840463

Summary: A comprehensive and accessible survey of the history of theory in anthropology, this anthology of classic and contemporary readings contains in-depth commentary in introductions and notes to help guide students through excerpts of seminal anthropological works. The commentary provides the background information needed to understand each article, its central concepts, and its relationship to the social and historical context in which it was written.

New
to This Edition :
  • New essays include Charles Darwin and Alfred Russel Wallace's "On the Tendency of Species to form Varieties; and on the Perpetuation of Varieties and Species by Natural Means of Selection"; A. L. Kroeber's "The Eighteen Professions"; Max Gluckman's "The Licence in Ritual"; Claude Lévi-Strauss' "Four Winnebago Myths"; Claudia Strauss' "What makes Tony run: Schemas as motives reconsidered"; and Rebecca Bliege Bird, Eric Alden Smith, and Douglas W. Bird's "The hunting handicap: costly signaling in human foraging strategies."

Features :
  • A unique format, with introductions and explanatory footnotes by the editors, including definitions of difficult words, translations of foreign words and phrases, explanations of allusions, and a description of the contextual background of each piece.
  • 43 articles and clear, concise introductions to the various theoretical schools, with editorial commentary pointing up underlying concepts and interrelationships between theoretical perspectives.
  • A broad range of works important in the history of anthropological theory, from 19th century evolutionism to postmodernism in the 1990s, including innovative sections on foundations of sociological thought, sociobiology, postmodernism, and the feminist critique of anthropology.
  • Extensive pedagogical aids including questions to help readers formulate their own views of theoretical positions, as well as an extensive bibliography and index.
...show more
Summary: A comprehensive and accessible survey of the history of theory in anthropology, this anthology of classic and contemporary readings contains in-depth commentary in introductions and notes to help guide students through excerpts of seminal anthropological works. The commentary provides the background information needed to understand each article, its central concepts, and its relationship to the social and historical context in which it was written.

New to This Edition :
  • New essays include Charles Darwin and Alfred Russel Wallace's "On the Tendency of Species to form Varieties; and on the Perpetuation of Varieties and Species by Natural Means of Selection"; A. L. Kroeber's "The Eighteen Professions"; Max Gluckman's "The Licence in Ritual"; Claude Lévi-Strauss' "Four Winnebago Myths"; Claudia Strauss' "What makes Tony run: Schemas as motives reconsidered"; and Rebecca Bliege Bird, Eric Alden Smith, and Douglas W. Bird's "The hunting handicap: costly signaling in human foraging strategies."

Features :
  • A unique format, with introductions and explanatory footnotes by the editors, including definitions of difficult words, translations of foreign words and phrases, explanations of allusions, and a description of the contextual background of each piece.
  • 43 articles and clear, concise introductions to the various theoretical schools, with editorial commentary pointing up underlying concepts and interrelationships between theoretical perspectives.
  • A broad range of works important in the history of anthropological theory, from 19th century evolutionism to postmodernism in the 1990s, including innovative sections on foundations of sociological thought, sociobiology, postmodernism, and the feminist critique of anthropology.
  • Extensive pedagogical aids including questions to help readers formulate their own views of theoretical positions, as well as an extensive bibliography and index.
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Edition/Copyright: 3RD 04
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Publisher: McGraw-Hill Publishing Company
Year Published: 2004
International: No

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