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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However, in Britain and America, scholars had been moving toward a theory of
evolution for half a century. Herbert Spencer, for example, had been working on a
theory of human social evolution years before the publication of Darwin's work.
Two other nineteenth-century anthropologists interested in the evolution of
culture as a general human phenomenon were the American Lewis Henry
Morgan (1818–1881), and the Englishman Sir Edward Burnett Tylor (1832–1917)
. Both men ...
The selection of Steward's work we have chosen, “The Patrilineal Band," clearly
shows how he viewed culture as an evolutionary adaptation to the environment.
Leslie White studied at the University of Chicago under Edward Sapir, a student ...
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CHARLES DARWIN AND ALFRED WALLACE On the Tendency of Species to Form Varieties
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