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