Anthropological Theory: An Introductory History

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McGraw-Hill Companies,Incorporated, Mar 12, 2007 - Social Science - 684 pages
A comprehensive and accessible survey of the history of theory in anthropology, this anthology of classic and contemporary readings contains in-depth commentary in introductions and notes to help guide students through excerpts of seminal anthropological works. The commentary provides the background information needed to understand each article, its central concepts, and its relationship to the social and historical context in which it was written. Six of the 45 articles are new to this edition.

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This superbly annotated work of anthropological theory is highly informative of the major shifts in the (mostly western) epistemologies of culture, mankind, etcs., as well as the broad transformation in the genealogy of anthropology as a discipline. I had the fortune to study with both of these scholars and while others in the theory business often sound more erudite I think their ability to keep theory simple as illustrated within this text may in the end actually provide more insight to both the failures and marvels of anthropology. I highly recommend this work especially if it is anything like the previous edition. All in all I think Drs. Warms and McGee deserve an award for this.  

About the author (2007)

R. Jon McGee is a professor of Anthropology at Southwest Texas State University. He began his work with the Lacandon Maya of Mexico in 1980, and received his Ph.D. from Rice University in 1983. McGee is married, has a son and daughter, and has taught at Southwest Texas State since 1985. He is the author of numerous works on the Lacandon including Life, Ritual and Religion Among the Lacandon Maya, and Watching Lacandon Maya Lives. He is also the coauthor of the texts Anthropological Theory: An Introductory History and Many Worlds: Essays in Religious Practices, Beliefs, and Culture.

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