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Visions of Culture

An Introduction to Anthropological Theories and Theorists

Visions of Culture by Jerry D. Moore
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Introduction: What’s the Point?

Part I: Founders
1. Edward Tylor: The Evolution of Culture
2. Lewis Henry Morgan: The Evolution of Society
3. Franz Boas: Culture in Context
4. Émile Durkheim: The Organic Society

Part II: The Nature of Culture
5. Alfred Kroeber: Configurations of Culture
6. Ruth Benedict: Patterns of Culture
7. Edward Sapir: Culture, Language, and the Individual
8. Margaret Mead: The Individual and Culture

Part III: The Nature of Society
9. Marcel Mauss: Elemental Categories, Total Facts

10. Bronislaw Malinowski: The Functions of Culture
11. A. R. Radcliffe-Brown: The Structures of Society
12. Edward Evans-Pritchard: Social Anthropology, Social History

Part IV: Evolutionary, Adaptationist, and Materialist Theories
13. Leslie White: Evolution Emergent
14. Julian Steward: Cultural Ecology and Multilinear Evolution
15. Marvin Harris: Cultural Materialism
16. Eleanor Burke Leacock: Feminism, Marxism, and History

Part V: Structures, Symbols, and Meaning
17. Claude Lévi-Strauss: Structuralism
18. Victor Turner: Symbols, Pilgrims, and Drama
19. Clifford Geertz: An Interpretive Anthropology
20. Mary Douglas: Symbols and Structures, Pollution and Purity

PART VI: Structures, Practice, Agency, Power
21. James Fernandez: The Play of Tropes
22. Sherry Ortner: Symbols, Gender, Practice
23. Pierre Bourdieu: An Anthropology of Practice
24. Eric Wolf: Culture, History, Power
25. Marshall Sahlins: Culture Matters

Postscript: Current Controversies
About the Author
AltaMira Press; May 2012
416 pages; ISBN 9780759122192
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Author: Jerry D. Moore
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