Readings for a History of Anthropological Theory, Fifth Edition

Edited by Paul A. Erickson and Liam D. Murphy

© 2016

The fifth edition of this bestselling reader builds a strong foundation in both classical and contemporary theory, with a sharpened focus on gender and anthropology, and the anthropology of new media and technology. Short introductions and key terms accompany every reading, and light annotations have been added to aid students in reading original articles.

Used on its own or together with A History of Anthropological Theory, Fifth Edition, this anthology offers a flexible and unrivalled introduction to anthropological theory that reflects not only the history but also the changing nature of the discipline today.

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Used on its own or together with A History of Anthropological Theory, Fifth Edition, this anthology offers a flexible and unrivalled introduction to anthropological theory that reflects not only the history but also the changing nature of the discipline today.

Readings for a History of Anthropological Theory, Fifth Edition

Edited by Paul A. Erickson and Liam D. Murphy

© 2016

The fifth edition of this bestselling reader builds a strong foundation in both classical and contemporary theory, with a sharpened focus on gender and anthropology, and the anthropology of new media and technology. Short introductions and key terms accompany every reading, and light annotations have been added to aid students in reading original articles.

Used on its own or together with A History of Anthropological Theory, Fifth Edition, this anthology offers a flexible and unrivalled introduction to anthropological theory that reflects not only the history but also the changing nature of the discipline today.

Continue Reading Read Less

Product Details

  • Division: Higher Education
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 664 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 0.0in x 9.0in
  • Reviews

    An indispensable teaching text!
    Anne Meneley, Trent University

    ...a must for introductory and history of theory classes in anthropology.
    Jonathan Marks, University of North Carolina, Charlotte

    This collection of readings is throughfully put together and comprehensive in scope, offering a review of the most influential theoretical writings about anthropology, past and present. As well, the editors provide guidance to readers at all stages of inquiry, making it a valuable tool in teaching.
    Jennifer Wies, Eastern Kentucky University

    ...an excellent foundation in the study of anthropological theory, and a productive supplement across disciplines.
    Marjorie Snipes, University of West Georgia
  • Author Information

    Paul A. Erickson is Professor and Chair of the Department of Anthropology at St. Mary's University in Halifax.


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

    Preface
    Introduction

    Part One
    The Early History of Anthropological Theory
    Overview
    1. Bourgeois and Proletarians
    Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels
    2. The Science of Culture
    Edward Burnett Tylor
    3. Ethnical Periods
    Lewis Henry Morgan
    4. The Organic Analogy Reconsidered
    Herbert Spencer
    5. General Summary and Conclusion [The Descent of Man]
    Charles Darwin
    6. [Part] III [Civilization and Its Discontents]
    Sigmund Freud
    7. Introduction [The Elementary Forms of the Religious Life]
    Émile Durkheim
    8. The Sociology of Charismatic Authority
    Max Weber
    9. Nature of the Linguistic Sign and Synchronic and Diachronic Law
    Ferdinand de Saussure

    Part Two
    The Earlier Twentieth Century
    Overview
    10. The Methods of Ethnology
    Franz Boas
    11. Conclusion [Primitive Society]
    Robert Lowie
    12. What Anthropology Is About
    Alfred Louis Kroeber
    13. Introduction [Coming of Age in Samoa]
    Margaret Mead
    14. The Individual and the Pattern of Culture
    Ruth Benedict
    15. Structuralism and Ecology
    Claude Lévi-Strauss
    16. Structuralism in Social Anthropology
    Edmund Leach
    17. Introduction [Islands of History]
    Marshall Sahlins
    18. Social Structure
    Alfred Reginald Radcliffe-Brown
    19. The Subject, Method, and Scope of This Inquiry [Argonauts of the Western Pacific]
    Bronislaw Malinowski
    20. Rituals of Rebellion in South-East Africa
    Max Gluckman

    Part Three
    The Later Twentieth Century
    Overview
    21. The Unconscious Patterning of Behavior in Society
    Edward Sapir
    22. Energy and Tools
    Leslie White
    23. The Epistemology of Cultural Materialism
    Marvin Harris
    24. Symbols in Ndembu Ritual
    Victor Turner
    25. Thick Description: Toward an Interpretive Theory of Culture
    Clifford Geertz
    26. Woman the Gatherer: Male Bias in Anthropology
    Sally Slocum
    27. Performative Acts and Gender Constitution: An Essay in Phenomenology
    and Feminist Theory
    Judith Butler
    28. The Big Picture: Masculinities in Recent World History
    R.W. Connell
    29. The New Anthropology of Sexuality
    Andrew P. Lyons and Harriet D. Lyons
    30. Introduction [Anthropology & the Colonial Encounter]
    Talal Asad
    31. K nowing the Oriental
    Edward W. Said
    32. Introduction [Europe and the People Without History]
    Eric R. Wolf
    33. The Birth of the Asylum
    Michel Foucault

    34. The Peculiar History of Scientific Reason
    Pierre Bourdieu
    35. Partial Truths
    James Clifford
    36. A Crisis of Representation in the Human Sciences
    George E. Marcus and Michael M.J. Fischer
    37. Theory in Anthropology since the Sixties
    Sherry B. Ortner
    38. A Critical-Interpretive Approach in Medical Anthropology: Rituals and Routines of Discipline and
    Dissent
    Margaret Lock and Nancy Scheper-Hughes

    Part Four
    The Early Twenty-First Century
    Overview 541
    39. Disjuncture and Difference in the Global Cultural Economy
    Arjun Appadurai
    40. Developments in US Anthropology since the 1980s, a Supplement:
    The Reality of Center-Margin Relations, To Be Sure, but Changing
    (and Hopeful) Affinities in These Relations
    George E. Marcus
    41. Counterinsurgency as a Cultural System
    David B. Edwards
    42. Introduction [Other People’s Anthropologies]
    Aleksandar Bošković and Thomas Hylland Eriksen
    43. From Kinship to Link-up: Cell Phones and Social Networking in Jamaica
    Heather Horst and Daniel Miller

    Conclusion
    Glossary
    Sources