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History and Theory in Anthropology


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List of figures; List of tables; Preface; 1. Visions of anthropology; 2. Precursors of the anthropological tradition; 3. Changing perspectives on evolution; 4. Diffusionist and culture-area theories; 5. Functionalism and structural-functionalism; 6. Action-centred, processual and Marxist perspectives; 7. From relativism to cognitive science; 8. Structuralism, from linguistics to anthropology; 9. Poststructuralists, feminists and (other) mavericks; 10. Interpretive and postmodernist approaches; 11. Conclusions; Appendix 1: dates of birth and death of individuals mentioned in the text; Appendix 2: glossary; References; Index.

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An overview of anthropological theory covering the historical contexts of the great debates.


'... valuable key reading for first year anthropology undergraduates ...' JRAI '... Barnard had succeeded to survey a vast field of scholarship. It provides very interesting and agreeable reading.' Anthorpos

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