History of Anthropology

ISBN-10: 0745333524

ISBN-13: 9780745333526

Edition: 2nd 2013

Authors: Thomas Hylland Eriksen, Finn Sivert Nielsen

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This is a thoroughly updated and revised edition of a popular classic of modern anthropology. The authors provide summaries of _Enlightenment_, _Romantic_ and _Victorian_ anthropology, from the cultural theories of Morgan and Taylor to the often neglected contributions of German scholars. The ambiguous relationship between anthropology and national cultures is also considered. The book provides an unparalleled account of theoretical developments in anthropology from the 1920s to the present, including functionalism, structuralism, hermeneutics, neo-Marxism and discourse analysis. There are brief biographies of major anthropologists and coverage of key debates including totemism, kinship and globalisation. This essential text on anthropology is highly engaging, authoritative and suitable for students at all levels.
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List price: $17.99
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Pluto Press
Publication date: 5/10/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 264
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.50" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.902
Language: English

Thomas Hylland Eriksen is Professor of Social Anthropology at the University of Oslo and the Free University of Amsterdam. He is author of numerous works including Ethnicity and Nationalism, Small Places - Large Issues, Common Denominators and Engaging Anthropology.

Series Preface
Preface to the Second Edition
Preface to the First Edition
Herodotus and other Greeks
After Antiquity
The European conquests and their impact
Why all this is not quite anthropology yet
The Enlightenment
Victorians, Germans and a Frenchman
Evolutionism and cultural history
Bastian and the German tradition
Tylor and other Victorians
The Golden Bough and the Torres expedition
German diffusionism
The new sociology
Four Founding Fathers
The founding fathers and their projects
Malinowski among the Trobriand Islanders
Radcliffe-Brown and the 'natural science of society'
Boas and historical particularism
Mauss and the total social prestation
Anthropology in 1930: parallels and divergences
Expansion and Institutionalisation
A marginal discipline?
Oxford and the LSE, Columbia and Chicago
The Dakar-Djibouti expedition
Culture and personality
Cultural history
The Chicago school
Functionalism's last stand
Some British outsiders
Forms of Change
Neo-evolutionism and cultural ecology
Formalism and substantivism
The Manchester school
Methodological individualists at Cambridge
Role analysis and system theory
The Power of Symbols
From function to meaning
Ethnoscience and symbolic anthropology
Geertz and Schneider
L�vi-Strauss and structuralism
Early impact
The state of the art in 1968
Questioning Authority
The return of Marx
Structural Marxism
The not-quite-Marxists
Political economy and the capitalist world system
Feminism and the birth of reflexive fieldwork
Practice theory
The sociobiology debate and Samoa
The End of Modernism?
The end of modernism?
The postcolonial world
A new departure or a return to Boas?
Other positions
Global Networks
Towards an international anthropology?
Trends for the future
Biology and culture
Globalisation and the production of locality
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