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History and Theory in Anthropology - Alan Barnard

History and Theory in Anthropology

Paperback Published: 15th August 2000
ISBN: 9780521774321
Number Of Pages: 256

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Anthropology is a discipline very conscious of its history. Alan Barnard has written a clear, detailed overview of anthropological theory that brings out the historical contexts of the great debates, tracing the genealogies of theories and schools of thought. His book covers the precursors of anthropology; evolutionism in all its guises; diffusionism and culture area theories, functionalism and structural-functionalism; action-centered theories; processual and Marxist perspectives; the many faces of relativism, structuralism and poststructuralism; and recent interpretive and postmodernist viewpoints. This is a balanced and judicious survey, which also considers the problems involved in assessing anthropological theories.

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'... valuable key reading for first year anthropology undergraduates ...' JRAI '... Barnard had succeeded to survey a vast field of scholarship. It provides very interesting and agreeable reading.' Anthorpos

List of figures
List of tables
Preface
Visions of anthropology
Precursors of the anthropological tradition
Changing perspectives on evolution
Diffusionist and culture-area theories
Functionalism and structural-functionalism
Action-centred, processual and Marxist perspectives
From relativism to cognitive science
Structuralism, from linguistics to anthropology
Poststructuralists, feminists and (other) mavericks
Interpretive and postmodernist approaches
Conclusions
Dates of birth and death of individuals mentioned in the text
Glossary
References
Index
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ISBN: 9780521774321
ISBN-10: 0521774322
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 15th August 2000
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.13 x 16.51  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.43

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