Theory <span class="hi-italic">in</span> Social <span class="hi-italic">and</span> Cultural Anthropology: An Encyclopedia

Theory in Social and Cultural Anthropology: An Encyclopedia

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Edited by: R. Jon McGee & Richard L. Warms

Abstract

Social and cultural anthropology and archaeology are rich subjects with deep connections in the social and physical sciences. Over the past 150 years, the subject matter and different theoretical perspectives have expanded so greatly that no single individual can command all of it. Consequently, both advanced students and professionals may be confronted with theoretical positions and names of theorists with whom they are only partially familiar, if they have heard of them at all. Students, in particular, are likely to turn to the web to find quick background information on theorists and theories. However, most web-based information is inaccurate and/or lacks depth. Students and professionals need a source to provide a quick overview of a particular theory and theorist with just the basics—the “who, what, ...

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