Evolutionism In Cultural Anthropology: A Critical History


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    Really good book that takes a wonderful approach to Cultural Anthropology and how it came to be I suggest this to anyone and everyone with any interest in anthro or history related subjects.


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Evolutionism In Cultural Anthropology: A Critical History Evolutionism in Cultural Anthropologytraces 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

  • Paperback
  • 336 pages
  • Evolutionism In Cultural Anthropology: A Critical History
  • Robert L. Carneiro
  • English
  • 20 April 2017
  • 0813337666

About the Author: Robert L. Carneiro

Born in New York City on June 4, 1927, Robert Leonard Carneiro earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology in 1949 from the University of Michigan and his Master s degree in 1952 He earned his Ph.D in Anthropology in 1957 from the University of Michigan At the University of Wisconsin, Carneiro served as a Professor from 1956 to 1957 From 1957 to 1969 he was the Assistant to the Associate Curator for South American Ethnology He also served as Assistant Curator 1957 1963 , Associate Curator 1963 1969 and Full Curator 1969 present for the American Museum of Natural History During this time, Carneiro held concurrent positions as Visiting Professor at Hunter College from 1963 to 1964, at the University of California, Los Angeles in 1968, at the University of Victoria, and at Pennsylvania State University in 1973 Carneiro is currently an Adjunct Professor at Columbia University Carneiro is currently a member of the American Anthropological Association, the American Ethnological Society, and the Society for American Archaeology He has also been elected to the National Academy of Sciences His research consisted of cultural evolution, including the reconstruction of sequences and the history of evolutionism Carneiro often conducted research on the origin and development of the state Carneiro s theory of the state of formation Carneiro s Circumscription Theory , earned him the recognition of being called one of the most important evolutionists He suggested that states might emerge because of population growth in an area that is physically or socially limited Carneiro illustrates his theory by describing how states may have emerged on the northern coast of Peru He also researched the cultural ecology of ia, especially the effects of subsistence Carneiro greatly influenced the theory of cultural evolution.