Anthropological Theory: An Introductory History
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.
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Next to Boas, the most influential figure in American anthropology during the first
half of the twentieth century was A. L. Kroeber. Kroeber was the first of Boas'
students at Columbia to receive a doctorate in anthropology, which he earned in
serve similar ends. In both, the authors try to delineate anthropology or sociology
as particular fields of study separate from other fields. However, there are several
critical differences. First, Kroeber uses the term social fact without defining it.
In many of the earlier professions, Kroeber's ideas seem similar to Durkheim's:
Kroeber mentions social facts and he talks about the existence of something that
sounds very much like Durkheim's notion of l'ame collective (in 1917, two years ...
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CHARLES DARWIN AND ALFRED WALLACE On the Tendency of Species to Form Varieties
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