A History of Anthropological Theory, Sixth Edition

By Paul A. Erickson and Liam D. Murphy

© 2021

For over twenty years, A History of Anthropological Theory has provided a strong foundation for understanding anthropological thinking, tracing how the discipline has evolved from its origins to the present day. The sixth edition of this important text offers substantial updates throughout, including more balanced coverage of the four fields of anthropology, as well as significantly revised discussions of public anthropology, gender and sexuality, race and ethnicity, along with an entirely new section on the Anthropocene. Written in accessible prose and enhanced with illustrations, key terms, and study questions in each section, this text remains essential reading for those interested in studying the history of anthropology.

On its own or used with the companion volume, Readings for a History of Anthropological Theory, Sixth Edition provides comprehensive coverage in a flexible and easy-to-use format for teaching in the undergraduate anthropology classroom.

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The sixth edition of this bestselling text offers a concise history of anthropological theory from antiquity to the twenty-first century, with new and significantly revised sections that reflect the current state of the field.

A History of Anthropological Theory, Sixth Edition

By Paul A. Erickson and Liam D. Murphy

© 2021

For over twenty years, A History of Anthropological Theory has provided a strong foundation for understanding anthropological thinking, tracing how the discipline has evolved from its origins to the present day. The sixth edition of this important text offers substantial updates throughout, including more balanced coverage of the four fields of anthropology, as well as significantly revised discussions of public anthropology, gender and sexuality, race and ethnicity, along with an entirely new section on the Anthropocene. Written in accessible prose and enhanced with illustrations, key terms, and study questions in each section, this text remains essential reading for those interested in studying the history of anthropology.

On its own or used with the companion volume, Readings for a History of Anthropological Theory, Sixth Edition provides comprehensive coverage in a flexible and easy-to-use format for teaching in the undergraduate anthropology classroom.

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Product Details

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  • Page Count: 376 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 0.0in x 9.0in
  • Author Information

    Paul A. Erickson is a past professor in the Department of Anthropology at Saint Mary’s University.


    Liam D. Murphy is a professor in the Department of Anthropology at California State University, Sacramento.
  • Table of contents

    List of Figures
    Preface
    Timeline
    Introduction

    Part One: The Early History of Anthropological Theory
    Anthropology in Antiquity
    The Middle Ages
    The Renaissance
    Voyages of Geographical Discovery
    The Scientific Revolution
    The Enlightenment
    The Rise of Positivism
    Marxism
    Classical Cultural Evolutionism
    Evolutionism versus Diffusionism
    Archaeology Comes of Age
    Charles Darwin and Darwinism
    Sigmund Freud
    Émile Durkheim
    Marcel Mauss
    Max Weber
    Ferdinand de Saussure

    Part Two: The Earlier Twentieth Century
    American Cultural Anthropology
    Franz Boas
    Robert Lowie and Alfred Louis Kroeber
    Margaret Mead and Ruth Benedict
    Zora Neale Hurston
    Edward Sapir and Benjamin Lee Whorf
    The Development of Psychological Anthropology
    British Social Anthropology
    A.R. Radcliffe-Brown
    Bronislaw Malinowski
    E.E. Evans-Pritchard
    Edmund Leach
    Max Gluckman and the “Manchester School”
    The Legacy of British Social Anthropology

    Part Three: The Later Twentieth Century
    French Structural Anthropology
    Claude Lévi-Strauss
    Mary Douglas
    Latter-Day Structuralists
    Structural Marxists
    Marshall Sahlins
    The Legacy of French Structural Anthropology
    Cognitive Anthropology
    Ethnoscience and the “New Ethnography”
    Cultural Neo-evolutionism
    Leslie White
    Julian Steward
    Marshall Sahlins and Elman Service
    The New Archaeology
    Cultural Materialism
    Marvin Harris
    Nature versus Nurture
    Biology of Behaviour
    The New Physical Anthropology
    Ethology and Behavioural Genetics
    Sociobiology
    The Symbolic Turn
    Victor Turner and Symbolic Anthropology
    Clifford Geertz and Interpretive Anthropology
    Post-processual Archaeology
    The Influence of Symbolic and Interpretive Approaches  
    Transactionalism
    Fredrik Barth
    Anthropology and Feminism
    Political Economy
    Marx and the World System
    Sins of the Fathers
    Ideology, Culture, and Power
    Postcolonialism
    Linguistic Anthropology Comes of Age
    Speech Acts and the Ethnography of Communication
    Ethnolinguistics and Sociolinguistics
    Postmodernity
    Paul Feyerabend
    Michel Foucault
    Pierre Bourdieu 
    Anthropology as Text 
    Critical Medical Anthropology

    Part Four: The Early Twenty-First Century
    Globalization
    Culture, Gender, and Sexualities
    Public Anthropology
    Development and Controversy
    Distinguishing Public from Applied Anthropology
    Debating Fieldwork Ethics and the Military
    Serving a Global Public
    World Traditions and Collaborative Anthropology
    National Traditions and the Dominance of Anglo-America
    Collaboration with “Other” Voices
    Anthropologies of the Digital Age

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