Studying Societies and Cultures: Marvin Harris's Cultural Materialism and Its Legacy

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Lawrence A. Kuznar, Stephen K. Sanderson
Paradigm Publishers, 2007 - Social Science - 332 pages
One of the most important anthropologists of all time, Marvin Harris was influential worldwide as the founder of cultural materialism. This book accessibly analyzes Harris s theories and their important legacies today. The chapters explore cultural materialism s epistemology and its relation to rational choice theory, Darwinian social science, and population pressures. The authors assess recent attempts to extend and reformulate cultural materialism and highlight cross-cultural, archaeological, and ethnographic applications of cultural materialism today."

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Contents

A Bibliometric Analysis
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The Theoretical Legacies of Cultural Materialism
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Cultural Materialism Rational Choice and the Problem
78
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Lawrence A. Kuznar is Professor of Anthropology at Indiana University-Purdue University, Fort Wayne. He is the author of Reclaiming a Scientific Anthropology (Altamira Press 1997).

Stephen K. Sanderson is currently a visiting professor of sociology at the University of California, Riverside, where he specializes in comparative-historical sociology, sociological theory, and evolutionary sociology. He is the author or editor of ten books in sixteen editions, among them Evolutionism and Its Critics: Deconstructing and Reconstructing an Evolutionary Interpretation of Human Society (Paradigm 2007), and Revolutions: A Worldwide Introduction to Social and Political Contention (2nd ed., Paradigm 2010).

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