A comprehensive and accessible survey of the history of theory in anthropology, this anthology of classic 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.
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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.