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A History of Anthropological Theory

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This overview of the history of anthropological theory provides a comprehensive history from antiquity through to the twenty-first century, with a focus on the twentieth century and beyond. Unlike other volumes, it also offers a four-field introduction to theory. As a stand-alone text, or used in conjunction with the companion volume "Readings for a History of Anthropologi ...more
Paperback, Second Edition
Published May 1st 2003 by University of Toronto Press (first published May 1st 1998)
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Renee (The B-Roll)
This was the first full text of the history of theory in Anthropology that I have read. My degree is in anth but I have only had a very pieced together idea of the history of my field of study, specifically the theories that shape it. I was a very theory oriented person without a solid background in the history of theory.

This book presents a very easy to read and concise journey through the history of theories used in anthropology, in both the United States and Great Britain. Anthropology being,
Brianna Herndon-Sotelo
Good overview, but the definitions in this book were really not good. For most underlined terms, the book would talk about them as if you already knew what they meant, never giving a precise definition in the text. Although there was a glossary of terms at the end of the book, they were often one sentence long, not providing nearly the amount of information or clarity that I desired.
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An invaluable and immensely readable text.

There are two types of anthropological texts: accessible to the general public, and not.

This is the former. :)
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Dr. Paul A. Anderson, Ph.D. (Connecticut), is Professor of Anthropology at Saint Mary's University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

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