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"A thought-provoking, stimulating volume on the past, present and future of cultural materialism that is both laudatory of Harris' research strategy and critical of it." Paul Shankman, University of Colorado 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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Book Details

ISBN: 9781594512889
ISBN-10: 1594512884
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 152mm x 23mm)
Pages: 344
Imprint: Paradigm
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 1-Jul-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Lawrence A. Kuznar

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 Professor of Sociology at the University of California-Riverside. He is the author of numerous articles and many books, including Evolutionism and Its Critics (Paradigm 2007).

Books By Author Lawrence A. Kuznar

Studying Societies and Cultures by Lawrence A. Kuznar

Studying Societies and Cultures

Hardback, January 2007