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A History of Anthropological Theory, Third Edition Paperback – February 1, 2008

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  • Paperback: 296 pages
  • Publisher: University of Toronto Press, Higher Education Division; 3 edition (February 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1442601108
  • ISBN-13: 978-1442601109
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #243,374 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The third edition of an already popular book hits the mark once again. New life is breathed into theory with the 'stories' of contemporary anthropologists, who bring their uses of anthropological theory to life for the readers." - Yolanda Moses, University of California, Riverside

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A History of Anthropological Theory continues to stand well apart from its peers in both its narrative elegance and broad disciplinary sweep. Essays written by Janice Boddy, Lee Baker, and Lila Abu-Lughod are particularly exciting contributions to this edition, as they offer students rich and highly personal insight into the dynamic interplay between anthropological fieldwork, theory, and analysis. (Terri Castaneda, California State University, Sacramento)

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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 19, 1999
Format: Paperback
I found this to be a highly readable introductory text, which outlines all the major developments in anthropology, from antiquity to postmodernism. The work is, in my opinion, suitable for anyone interested in the broad study of human origins, and of the societies and cultures humans create. I would DEFINITELY buy this book if I were taking an introductory course. A real undiscovered gem for most readers!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By J. Weaver on June 10, 2003
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If you are looking for a concise, quick introduction to the history of anthropological theory, then I highly recommend this book. No other short survey of its history comes close to scope and content of Erickson and Murphy's book. The companion book of readings is also very good. I only give it 4 stars because of its brevity, you can't go too deep when you have to cover so much ground and keep the book a reasonable length.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Peter Schroder on February 17, 2006
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An extremely useful and delightful book. Not the best on the market, but very, very good. It is more appropriated for undergraduate than for graduate courses, because readers already acquainted with anthropological theory might feel some "déjà vu". Some caution is necessary, because the book has a strong (yet explicit) US-centric bias, neglecting important British, French, and other national contributions to anthropological theory. Nevertheless, I use it in my classes.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lindsey M. Stieber on April 29, 2008
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This was the required text for Anthropological Theory. I would have been hopelessly lost without this book. It helps understand some very hard concepts. I gave it four stars because I felt that some of the theories were not discussed in depth as other theories were. Overall, this book is a great tool to help begin to process theories in anthropology.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 25, 2004
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I bought this book for an undergraduate class 3 years ago and have used it over and over again despite haveing many other theory books. does a great job at explaining were anthropological theory originates and how differing theoretical perspectives interrelate. Also has an excellent cronology.
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I ordered this work which purports to be a "history of Anthropological theory" and I am deeply disappointed in the book. it is much more of a survey book and it lacks general critical theoretical insight at almost every turn of the page, and at times is at questionable levels of intellectual comprehension. The Boasian perspective of a four field approach is completely missing as the foundation for American Anthropology integrated perspectives between cultural, physical, linguistic and archeological subcategories. Sub-specializations become an extended listing of offshoots from outside reified disciplines: such as "Biologized" Anthropology (p.8). "The long, complex story of Darwinism begins with the Scientific Revolution (p.62)." [and] "A good way to understand Darwin's theory of evolution is to contrast it with Lamarck's theory using the example of the long-necked giraffe (pp 69-70)." [and] "In a way, the Enlightenment was a continuation of the Scientific Revolution because the Enlightenment intellectuals were so enamoured of the philosophy of Newton that they extended it from the natural into the social realm (p.38)." This is a good high school to undergraduate level survey course textbook for an introduction to Anthropology. It could serve as an intro book for a popular general elective for individuals studying in other disciplines. As a general survey reader it works. As an intellectual history it fails. This is not graduate level anthropology let alone a true history of its theory and critical positioning in the history of Western Ideas. I would not recommend this book beyond basic introduction courses...and with that I would have reservations.Read more ›
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