A History of Anthropological Theory

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9781551111988: A History of Anthropological Theory

Recognizing that anthropology -- the study of human beings and culture -- has deep roots in Western experience, this concise introduction to the topic begins in antiquity, with such writers as Herodotus and Aristotle, then moves forward through the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, and the nineteenth century, when anthropological thought took on a more disciplined form. The twentieth century is, however, the central focus of the text -- the authors cover all of the main stands, including American, British, and French anthropological traditions. It also features chapters on the theory of archaeology, physical anthropology, and cultural anthropology. A History of Anthropological Theory is thus a remarkably comprehensive, accessible introduction to the field.

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Paul A. Erickson is Professor of Anthropology at Saint Mary's University in Halifax. He is author of numerous books and articles about anthropology and history, and edits 'Teaching Anthropology Newsletter'.

Liam D. Murphy is a doctoral candidate in the department of anthropology at Yale University, and an honorary research associate of the Queen's University of Belfast.

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Erickson and Murphy present a chronological and comprehensive history of anthropology theory that artfully explains the social and political contexts of key anthropological thinkers. By attending to the unique contributions of the subfields of anthropology as well as the unifying canon, this text provides a straightforward and sophisticated review of theory that resonates with teachers and students of anthropology. The new edition extends the work of earlier editions, making it the strongest theory text available.

(Jennifer Wies, Eastern Kentucky University)

I am impressed with the quality of materials in this text. Providing provocative, reflective questions for each historical period and a wide-ranging, up-to-date list of supplementary readings, it is an excellent tool for classroom engagement, and invites students to dig more deeply into the material.

(Marjorie Snipes, University of West Georgia)

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