Anthropology A Student's Guide to Theory and Method

ISBN-10: 0802096123
ISBN-13: 9780802096128
Edition: 2nd 2009
Authors: Stanley Barrett
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Book details

List price: $32.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: University of Toronto Press
Publication date: 9/19/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 280
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 7.00" tall
Weight: 1.078

Stanley R. Barrett's Anthropology has long been a premiere sourcebook for students, providing a comprehensive overview of both theory and method in the discipline. In this updated second edition, Barrett's discussion of the origins and evolution of anthropology remains, augmented by sections addressing recent changes and ongoing questions in the field.The second edition of Anthropology adds important new material on questions of culture versus power, Max Weber's thought, the potential of applied anthropology, and the rise of public anthropology, while briefly touching on the anthropology of globalization. As in the previous edition, Barrett remains committed to exploring the impact of postmodernism on the practice and theory of anthropology, positing that it is a formless and ultimately short-lived approach. Including case studies to demonstrate real-world applications of the theories discussed, Barrett's Anthropology remains an essential text for students and teachers of anthropology.

Preface To The First Edition
Preface To The Second Edition
Unleashing the Anthropologist: A Historical Overview
General Anthropology
Social Anthropology
Basic Concepts
Criteria for Ethnographic Quality
Colonialism: The Critical Dimension
Crisis or Opportunity?
Science or Art?
Relationship between Anthropology and Other Disciplines
How to Learn the Fundamentals of a Discipline
Key Terms
Organization of the Book
Building The Discipline
Theory
Evolutionism
Historical Particularism
Structural Functionalism
Conclusion
Method
The Methods Literature
The Fieldwork Situation
Basic Assumptions
Basic Techniques and Related Elements
Human Relations Area Files
The Red field-Lewis Controversy
Conclusion
Patching The Foundation
Theory
Cultural Ecology (and Neo-Evolutionism)
Conflict Theory
Social Action
Conclusion
Method
The Methods Literature
The Fieldwork Situation
Some New Rules of Thumb
Formal Analysis
Case Study One: A West African Utopia
Case Study Two: The Radical Right in Canada
Conclusion
Demolition And Reconstruction
Theory
Structuralism
Postmodernism
Feminist Anthropology
Cultural Feminism versus Deconstructionism
Feminism and Marxism
Feminism and Postmodernism
Conclusion
Method
The Methods Literature
The Fieldwork Situation
Case Study Three: Social Change in Rural Ontario
Case Study Four: Gender and Violence in Corsica
Backlash against Feminist Methodology
Are Women Better Fieldworkers than Men?
Anthropology at Home
Applied Anthropology
Public Anthropology
Conclusion
Analysis And Interpretation
The Last Frontier: How to Analyse Qualitative Data
The Literature on Qualitative Analysis
A Modest Alternative
The Model
The Burst of Insight
Writing
Conclusion
Taming the Anthropologist: The World Ahead
Bibliography
Index

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