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Anthropological Theory


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* indicates new to the sixth edition Part I: Historical Foundations of Anthropological Theory Nineteenth-Century Evolutionism 1. Herbert Spencer: The Social Organism (1860) 2. Sir Edward Burnett Tylor: The Science of Culture (1871) 3. Lewis Henry Morgan: Ethnical Periods (1877) 4. Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels: Feuerbach: Opposition of the Materialist and Idealist Outlook (1846) The Foundations of Sociological Thought 5. Emile Durkheim: What Is a Social Fact? (1895) 6. Marcel Mauss: Excerpts from The Gift (1925) 7. Max Weber: Class, Status, Party (1922) Part II: Culture Theory in the Early Twentieth Century The Boasians 8. Franz Boas: The Methods of Ethnology (1920) *9. A. L. Kroeber: On the Principle of Order in Civilization as Exemplified by Changes of Fashion (1919) *10. Ruth Benedict: The Science Of Custom: The Bearing of Anthropology on Contemporary Thought (1929) 11. Margaret Mead: Introduction to Coming of Age in Samoa (1928) 12. Benjamin L. Whorf: The Relation of Habitual Thought and Behavior to Language (1941) Functionalism 13. Bronislaw Malinowski: The Essentials of the Kula (1922) 14. A.R. Radcliffe-Brown: On Joking Relationships (1940) 15. Max Gluckman: The Licence in Ritual (1956) Part III: Theory At Mid-Century The Reemergence of Evolutionary Thought 16. Leslie White: Energy and the Evolution of Culture (1943) 17. Julian Steward: The Patrilineal Band (1955) 18. Morton H. Fried: On the Evolution of Social Stratification and the State (1960) Neomaterialism 19. Marvin Harris: The Cultural Ecology of India's Sacred Cattle (1966) 20. Eric Wolf: Peasantry and Its Problems (1966) Structure, Language, and Cognition 21. Claude Levi-Strauss: Four Winnebago Myths: A Structural Sketch (1960) 22. Harold C. Conklin: Hanunoo Color Categories (1955) *23. Eugene Hunn: The Tenejapa Tzeltal Version of the Animal Kingdom (1975) Part IV: Late Twentieth Century Developments Sociobiology and Behavioral Ecology 24. Edward O. Wilson: The Morality of the Gene (1975) 25. Rebecca Bliege Bird, Eric Alden Smith, and Douglas W. Bird: The Hunting Handicap: Costly Signaling in Human Foraging Strategies (2001) Feminist Anthropology 26. Sally Slocum: Woman the Gatherer: Male Bias in Anthropology (1975) 27. Eleanor Leacock: Interpreting the Origins of Gender Inequality: Conceptual and Historical Problems (1983) Symbolic and Interpretive Anthropology 28. Mary Douglas: External Boundaries (1966) 29. Victor Turner: Symbols in Ndembu Ritual (1967) 30. Clifford Geertz: Deep Play: Notes on the Balinese Cockfight (1972) Background to Postmodernism 31. Pierre Bourdieu: Structures, Habitus, Practices (1980) 32. Michel Foucault: The Incitement to Discourse (1976) Postmodernism 33. Renato Rosaldo: Grief and a Headhunters Rage (1989) 34. Allan Hanson: The Making of the Maori: Cultural Invention and Its Logic (1989) Part V: Trends in Contemporary Anthropology Gender 35. Lila Abu-Lughod: A Tale of Two Pregnancies (1995) 36. David Valentine: `I Went to Bed with My Own Kind Once': The Erasure of Desire in the Name of Identity (2003) *37. HollyWardlow: Anger, Economy, and Female Agency: Problematizing "Prostitution" and "Sex Work" among the Huli of Papua New Guinea (2004) Globalization 38. Arjun Appadurai: Disjuncture and the Difference in the Global Cultural Economy (1990) 39. Theodore Bestor: Kaiten-Zushi and Konbini: Japanese Food Culture in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction (2006) *40. Jonathan Friedman and Kajsa Ekholm Friedman: Globalization as a Discourse of Hegemonic Crisis: A Global Systemic Analysis (2013) Agency and Structure 41. Philippe Bourgois: From Jibaro to Crack Dealer: Confronting the Restructuring of Capitalism in El Barrio (1995) *42. Sherry Ortner: Power and Projects: Reflections on Agency (2006) *43. Ruth Gomberg Mun oz: Willing to Work: Agency and Vulnerability in an Undocumented Immigrant Network (2010)

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R. Jon McGee is professor of anthropology at Texas State University. He is author or editor of numerous books, including Watching Lacandan Maya Lives, Theory in Social and Cultural Anthropology: An Encyclopedia (edited with Richard L. Warms), and Sacred Realms: Readings in the Anthropology of Religion (co-edited with Warms and James Garber), now in its second edition. Richard L. Warms is professor of anthropology at Texas State University. In addition to his books with McGee, he has co-authored (with Serena Nanda) the best-selling textbooks Cultural Anthropology, now in its eleventh edition, and Culture Counts, now in its third edition.


Anthropological Theory is an impressive work dealing, as promised, with both the theory and the history behind the development of anthropological ideas. The sixth edition contains both a wide-ranging collection of important articles and well-researched and significant introductions and annotations. I don't know of any better introduction to the history of anthropology. -- Herbert S. Lewis, University of Wisconsin-Madison
McGee and Warms have definitively established themselves as the benchmark for readers in the history of anthropological theory. Their selection of readings is intelligent and comprehensive, and they carefully maintain a balance between classic sources and contemporary writers. They deserve the highest praise for demonstrating to students that primary sources are interesting, indeed inspiring, and for carefully placing them in historical context. -- Robert Launay, Northwestern University
This is an excellent introduction: one that gives essential historical depth to crucial theoretical debates. -- David Shankland, Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland

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