An Introduction to Theory in Anthropology

Author: Robert Layton
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 0521629829
Release Date: 1997
Genre: Social Science

In this innovative introduction, Robert Layton reviews the ideas that have inspired anthropologists in their studies of societies around the world. An Introduction to Theory in Anthropology provides a clear and concise analysis of the theories, and traces the way in which they have been translated into anthropological debates. The opening chapter sets out the classical theoretical issues formulated by Hobbes, Rousseau, Marx and Durkheim. Successive chapters discuss Functionalism, Structuralism, Interactionist theories, and Marxist anthropology, while the final chapters address the competing paradigms of Socioecology and Postmodernism. Using detailed case studies, Professor Layton illustrates the way in which various theoretical perspectives have shaped competing, or complementary, accounts of specific human societies.

History and Theory in Anthropology

Author: Alan Barnard
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9781316101933
Release Date: 2000-06-15
Genre: Social Science

Anthropology is a discipline very conscious of its history, and Alan Barnard has written a clear, balanced and judicious textbook that surveys the historical contexts of the great debates and traces the genealogies of theories and schools of thought. It also considers the problems involved in assessing these theories. The book covers the precursors of anthropology; evolutionism in all its guises; diffusionism and culture area theories, functionalism and structural-functionalism; action-centred theories; processual and Marxist perspectives; the many faces of relativism, structuralism and post-structuralism; and recent interpretive and postmodernist viewpoints.

Perspectives on Culture

Author: H. Sidky
Publisher: Prentice Hall
ISBN: 0130931349
Release Date: 2004
Genre: Social Science

This book provides a critical introduction to theory in cultural anthropology—from the perspective of the philosophy of science. It imparts the analytical skills needed to assess the often contradictory claims to knowledge and theoretical perspectives encountered in the study of general anthropology. KEY TOPICS Chapter topics cover science and anthropology: epistemological questions, evolutionism and the beginnings of anthropology during the nineteenth century, the Diffusionists, historical particularism, functionalism and modern anthropology, structural-functionalism, French structuralism, ethnoscience and cognitive anthropology, symbolic anthropology and the interpretation of culture, scientific anthropology, materialist and Marxist anthropology, postmodern anthropology, and anthropology in the 21st century. For individuals seeking reliable, valid knowledge about humankind, human behavior, and the evolution and operation of sociocultural systems.

Sociocultural Theory in Anthropology

Author: Merwyn S. Garbarino
Publisher: Waveland Press
ISBN: 9781478608714
Release Date: 1983-06-01
Genre: Social Science

This useful resource is designed to serve as a statement, in brief compass, of the major developments in anthropological theory rendered in a historical perspective. Intended as an organizing framework, this book presents all theoretical viewpoints fairly, concisely, and simply.

Visions of Culture

Author: Jerry D. Moore
Publisher: Rowman Altamira
ISBN: 9780759122192
Release Date: 2012-05-24
Genre: Social Science

This classic textbook, now in its fourth edition, offers anthropology students a succinct, clear, and balanced introduction to theoretical developments in the field. The key ideas of 25 major theorists are briefly described and—unique to this textbook—linked to the biographical and fieldwork experiences that helped shape their theories. The impact of each scholar on contemporary anthropology is presented, along with numerous examples, quotations from the theorists' writings, and a description of the broader intellectual setting in which these anthropologists worked. Moore has updated many of the profiles to take into account recent scholarship. The book is also more strongly tied in to the companion work,Visions of Culture: An Annotated Reader, to encourage the fullest intellectual engagement for students. The Visions of Culture Value Pack is available when you order directly from AltaMira Press. Order these two books as part of the Visions of Culture Value Pack using a single isbn for a 20% discount! Click here to order online. Includes: 1. Visions of Culture: An Introduction to Anthropological Theories and Theorists Fourth Edition Jerry D. Moore 2012 2. Visions of Culture An Annotated Reader Jerry D. Moore 2009 Find full information on the contents of the reader here.

A History of Anthropological Theory Fourth Edition

Author: Paul A. Erickson
Publisher: University of Toronto Press
ISBN: 9781442606616
Release Date: 2013-04-26
Genre: Social Science

In the latest edition of their popular overview text, Erickson and Murphy continue to provide a comprehensive, affordable, and accessible introduction to anthropological theory from antiquity to the present. A new section on twenty-first-century anthropological theory has been added, with more coverage given to postcolonialism, non-Western anthropology, and public anthropology. The book has also been redesigned to be more visually and pedagogically engaging. Used on its own, or paired with the companion volume Readings for a History of Anthropological Theory, Fourth Edition, this reader offers a flexible and highly useful resource for the undergraduate anthropology classroom. For additional resources, visit the "Teaching Theory" page at www.utpteachingculture.com.

Schools and Styles of Anthropological Theory

Author: Matei Candea
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 9781315388243
Release Date: 2018-01-23
Genre: Social Science

This book presents an overview of important currents of thought in social and cultural anthropology, from the 19th century to the present. It introduces readers to the origins, context and continuing relevance of a fascinating and exciting kaleidoscope of ideas that have transformed the humanities and social sciences, and the way we understand ourselves and the societies we live in today. Each chapter provides a thorough yet engaging introduction to a particular theoretical school, style or conceptual issue. Together they build up to a detailed and comprehensive critical introduction to the most salient areas of the field. The introduction reflects on the substantive themes which tie the chapters together and on what the very notions of ‘theory’ and ‘theoretical school’ bring to our understanding of anthropology as a discipline. The book tracks a core lecture series given at Cambridge University and is essential reading for all undergraduate students undertaking a course on anthropological theory or the history of anthropological thought. It will also be useful more broadly for students of social and cultural anthropology, sociology, human geography and cognate disciplines in the social sciences and humanities.

Readings for a History of Anthropological Theory Fifth Edition

Author: Paul A. Erickson
Publisher: University of Toronto Press
ISBN: 9781442636903
Release Date: 2016-10-19
Genre: Social Science

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.

Anthropology and Social Theory

Author: Sherry B. Ortner
Publisher: Duke University Press
ISBN: 0822338645
Release Date: 2006-11-30
Genre: Philosophy

The award-winning anthropologist Sherry B. Ortner draws on her longstanding interest in theories of cultural practice to rethink key concepts of culture, agency, and subjectivity.

Theoretical Anthropology

Author: David Bidney
Publisher: Transaction Publishers
ISBN: 1412839777
Release Date: 1968
Genre: Social Science

Theoretical Anthropology is a major contribution to the historical and critical study of the assumptions underlying the development of modern cultural anthropology. In the new introduction, Martin Bidney discusses the present state of anthropology and contrasts it with the scene surveyed in Theoretical Anthropology. He discusses the relevance of David Bidney's work to our present concerns. Also included in this work is the second edition's introductory essay by David Bidney, written fifteen years after the first edition of Theoretical Anthropology. Here the author examines his original aims in writing this book. Theoretical Anthropology has helped to create among anthropologists the present climate of theoretical self-awareness and broad humanistic concerns. It has become a standard reference work for anthropologists as well as sociologists.

An Introduction to Two Theories of Social Anthropology

Author: Louis Dumont
Publisher: Berghahn Books
ISBN: 1845451473
Release Date: 2006
Genre: Social Science

Louis Dumont, who died in 1998, was one of the most important figures in post-war French anthropology. He is well-known for his early work on India, which culminated in Homo Hierarchicus (1966; in English 1972, 1980), an anthropological account of the caste system. He later extended this work into a comparison of the values of Indian and western society in works like Essays on Individualism (1986) and German ideology: From France to Germany and Back (1994). He is also known for pioneering work on kinship in south India and more generally (for example Affinity as a Value, 1983). The current volume represents the fruits of this side of his activities and originated in as a series of lectures providing an account of the British and French schools for students.

Anthropology for Development

Author: Robyn Eversole
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 9781317392903
Release Date: 2017-10-24
Genre: Social Science

Anthropology for Development: From Theory to Practice connects cross-cultural social theory with the concerns of development policy and practice by introducing the reader to a set of core ideas from the field of anthropology for development, and showing how these insights can be applied to solve real-world development dilemmas. This single, accessibly written volume clearly explains key concepts from the anthropology and draws them into a development framework to address some of the important challenges facing development policy and practice in the twenty-first century: poverty, participation, sustainability and innovation. It discusses classic critical and ethnographic texts and more recent anthropological work, using rich case studies across a range of country contexts to provide an introduction to the field not available elsewhere. The examples presented are designed to help development professionals reframe their practice with attention to social and cultural variables as well as understand why mainstream approaches to reducing poverty, raising productivity, delivering social services and grappling with environmental risks often fail. This book will prove invaluable to the undergraduate and postgraduate students who are professionals-in-training in development studies programs around the world. It will also help development professionals work effectively and inclusively across cultures, tap into previously invisible resources, and turn current development challenges into opportunities.

The Modern Anthropology of South East Asia

Author: Victor T. King
Publisher: Psychology Press
ISBN: 0415297516
Release Date: 2003-01
Genre: History

This is a comprehensive introduction to the social and cultural anthropology of South-East Asia. It provides an overview of the major theoretical issues and themes which have emerged from the engagement of anthropologists with South-East Asian communities; a succinct historical survey and analysis of the peoples and cultures of the region. Most importantly the volume reveals the vitally important role which the study of the area has occupied in the development of the concepts and methods of anthropology: from the perspectives of Edmund Leach to Clifford Geertz, Maurice Freedman to Claude Levi-Strauss; Lauriston Sharp to Melford Spiro.

Anthropological Theory

Author: R. Jon McGee
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
ISBN: 1442257016
Release Date: 2016-07-29
Genre: Social Science

This comprehensive and accessible survey traces critical developments in anthropological thinking from 1860 to the present day. In-depth introductions and commentary accompanying 43 seminal essays provide the background necessary for understanding each article, its central concepts, and the social and historical context in which it was written.

Art as Culture

Author: Evelyn Payne Hatcher
Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group
ISBN: 0897896289
Release Date: 1999
Genre: Art

An introduction to the cross-cultural study of art from an anthropological perspective, this book is about the human condition in all its diversity. It explores the question of whether there is a correlation between the level of complexity of society and the nature of art.