A History of Anthropological Theory, Fourth Edition

A History of Anthropological Theory, Fourth Edition

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By Paul A. Erickson and Liam D. Murphy
University of Toronto Press, Higher Education Division © 2013
World Rights
296 Pages
ISBN 9781442606593
Published Apr 2013
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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.

Paul A. Erickson is Professor and Chair of the Department of Anthropology at Saint Mary's University in Halifax.

Liam D. Murphy is Associate Professor in the Anthropology Department at California State University, Sacramento.
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Part One: The Early History of Anthropological Theory

Anthropology in Antiquity
The Middle Ages
The Renaissance
Voyages of Geographical Discovery
The Scientific Revolution
The Enlightenment
The Rise of Positivism
Classical Cultural Evolutionism
Evolutionism v. Diffusionism
Archaeology Comes of Age
Charles Darwin and Darwinism
Sigmund Freud
Émile Durkheim
Max Weber
Ferdinand de Saussure

Part Two: The Earlier Twentieth Century

American Cultural Anthropology
Franz Boas
Robert Lowie and Alfred Louis Kroeber
Margaret Mead and Ruth Benedict
The Development of Psychological Anthropology
French Structural Anthropology
Marcel Mauss
Claude Lévi-Strauss
Edmund Leach and Mary Douglas
The Legacy of French Structural Anthropology
British Social Anthropology
A.R. Radcliffe-Brown
Bronislaw Malinowski
E.E. Evans-Pritchard
Max Gluckman and the "Manchester School"
The Legacy of British Social Anthropology

Part Three: The Later Twentieth Century

Cognitive Anthropology
Edward Sapir
Ethnoscience and the "New Ethnography"
Cultural Neo-Evolutionism
Leslie White
Julian Steward
Marshall Sahlins and Elman Service
The New Archaeology
Cultural Materialism
Marvin Harris
Biologized Anthropology
Biology of Behaviour
The New Physical Anthropology
Ethology and Behavioural Genetics
Symbolic and Interpretive Anthropology
Victor Turner and Symbolic Anthropology
Clifford Geertz and Interpretive Anthropology
Post-processual Archaeology
The Influence of Symbolic and Interpretive Approaches
Frederik Barth
Feminism and Anthropology
Postcolonial Theory
Political Economy
Marx and the World System
Sins of the Fathers
Ideology, Culture, and Power
Paul Feyerabend
Michel Foucault
Pierre Bourdieu
Anthropology as Text
Medical Anthropology

Part Four: The Early Twenty-first Century

Public Anthropology
Alternative National Traditions in Anthropology


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Erickson and Murphy have done something very important. They have shown that a discipline dominated by fragmenting tendencies has a coherent historical core that helps make sense of the fragmentation. Highly recommended.

Robert Borofsky, Hawaii Pacific University

The latest edition adds insightful discussions of important contemporary questions and concerns of the twenty-first century, putting anthropology out into the world of action and activism as well as academia. Further, this text provides rich support for students in the form of discussion questions, detailed glossary, and extensive lists of suggested resources. While most "history of anthropology" books tend to be either too biographical or too theoretical, Erickson and Murphy find just the right balance for students of anthropology.

Barbara E. Erickson, California State University, Fullerton