Studying Societies and Cultures: Marvin Harris's Cultural Materialism and its Legacy

1st Edition

Lawrence A. Kuznar, Stephen K. Sanderson

Routledge
Published January 30, 2008
Textbook - 344 Pages
ISBN 9781594512889 - CAT# Y222871

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Summary

"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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