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. Six of the 45 articles are new to this edition.
An undergraduate textbook chronologically surveying the history of anthropological theory through readings ranging from 19th century evolutionism to postmodernism in the 1990s. Each reading is accompanied by commentary providing a background to the article's main concepts and its relationship to the social and historical context in which it was written. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)