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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see that the amount of energy per capita in the earliest stage of cultural
development was very small indeed—perhaps 1/20th horsepower per person.
Since the amount of energy available for culture-building in this stage was finite
and limited, ...
Let us return now, for a moment, to our basic principle—culture develops as (1)
the amount of energy harnessed and put to work per capita per unit of time
increases, and (2) as the efficiency of the means with which this energy is
The key to the future, in any event, lies in the energy situation. If we can continue
to harness as much energy per capita per year in the future as we are doing now,
there is little doubt but that our old social system will give way to a new one, ...
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CHARLES DARWIN AND ALFRED WALLACE On the Tendency of Species to Form Varieties
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