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.
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R. Jon McGee is a professor of Anthropology at Southwest Texas State University. He began his work with the Lacandon Maya of Mexico in 1980, and received his Ph.D. from Rice University in 1983. McGee is married, has a son and daughter, and has taught at Southwest Texas State since 1985. He is the author of numerous works on the Lacandon including Life, Ritual and Religion Among the Lacandon Maya, and Watching Lacandon Maya Lives. He is also the coauthor of the texts Anthropological Theory: An Introductory History and Many Worlds: Essays in Religious Practices, Beliefs, and Culture. Richard L. Warms is professor of anthropology at Southwest Texas State University. He has done original fieldwork in West Africa, has published numerous scholarly articles and is co-author, with Jon McGee, of Anthropological Theory: An Introductory History and with Serena Nanda of Cultural Anthropology, 7th edition.
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