Five Key Concepts in Anthropological Thinking

ISBN-10: 0130971405
ISBN-13: 9780130971401
Edition: 2003
Authors: Richard J. Perry
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Description: This highly readable introduction discusses anthropological theory in a manner accessible to lay readers, yet does not oversimplify the material. Addresses five key conceptsevolution, culture, structure, function, and relativismrather than  More...

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List price: $78.00
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Publication date: 9/12/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 228
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.858
Language: English

This highly readable introduction discusses anthropological theory in a manner accessible to lay readers, yet does not oversimplify the material. Addresses five key conceptsevolution, culture, structure, function, and relativismrather than individual theorists, and conveys the sense that their theory and associated debates can be interesting despite their complexity. Presents a balanced view of varying theoretical positions to pique readers' interest and avoid confusion. Uses clear, straightforward language, avoiding esoteric jargon. Critiques certain theoretical positions, including 19th-century racist theories and contemporary post-structural and postmodernist approaches. Includes a glossary of key terms that are highlighted throughout. A thought-provoking reference for anyone interested in learning about anthropology.

(Note:Each chapter concludes with Discussion Questions.)
Introduction
The Idea of Evolution
The Idea of Culture
The Idea of Structure
The Idea of Function
The Idea of Relativism
Epilogue
Glossary
References
Index

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