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Description - Evolutionism In Cultural Anthropology by Robert L. Carneiro

Examines the history of evolutionism in cultural anthropology, beginning with its roots in the 19th century, through the half-century of anti-evolutionism, to its reemergence in the 1950s, and the current perspectives on it today. No other book covers the subject so fully or over such a long period of time.. Evolutionism in Cultural Anthropology traces the interaction of evolutionary thought and anthropological theory from Herbert Spencer to the twenty-first century. It is a focused examination of how the idea of evolution has continued to provide anthropology with a master principle around which a vast body of data can be organized and synthesized. Erudite and readable, and quoting extensively from early theorists (such as Edward Tylor, Lewis Henry Morgan, John McLennan, Henry Maine, and James Frazer) so that the reader might judge them on the basis of their own words, Evolutionism in Cultural Anthropology is useful reading for courses in anthropological theory and the history of anthropology.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780813337661
ISBN-10: 0813337666
Format: Paperback
(227mm x 155mm x 19mm)
Pages: 336
Imprint: Westview Press Inc
Publish Date: 24-Jan-2003
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Robert L. Carneiro

Robert L. Carneiro Curator of South American Ethnology, American Museum of Natural His tory, and adjunct professor of Anthropology at Col umbia University. His field work has been in Kuik uru, Brazil, Amahuaca, Peru, and Yanomamo, Venezul a.