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An Introduction to Theory in Anthropology - Robert Layton

An Introduction to Theory in Anthropology

Paperback Published: 9th March 1998
ISBN: 9780521629829
Number Of Pages: 254

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In this innovative introduction, Robert Layton reviews the ideas that have inspired anthropologists in their studies of societies around the world. An Introduction to Theory in Anthropology provides a clear and concise analysis of the theories, and traces the way in which they have been translated into anthropological debates. The opening chapter sets out the classical theoretical issues formulated by Hobbes, Rousseau, Marx and Durkheim. Successive chapters discuss Functionalism, Structuralism, Interactionist theories, and Marxist anthropology, while the final chapters address the competing paradigms of Socioecology and Postmodernism. Using detailed case studies, Professor Layton illustrates the way in which various theoretical perspectives have shaped competing, or complementary, accounts of specific human societies.

'In a concise, readable book, Layton has produced a theoretical guide that will find itself a ready audience almost immediately. This book will make a significant addition to an already full shelf of good introductory texts on anthropology, and frankly it is the text that many might crave for archaeological theory.' Antiquity

The idea of a social system
Interactionist theory
Marxist anthropology
Postmodernism and anthropology
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ISBN: 9780521629829
ISBN-10: 0521629829
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 254
Published: 9th March 1998
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.34 x 13.72  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.34