Dictionary of Concepts in Cultural Anthropology

Dictionary of Concepts in Cultural Anthropology

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In 80 entries this work provides an introduction to the key ideas of cultural anthropology. In each article--culture, race, materialism, semiotics, qprimitive, q etc.--Winthrop provides a balance between describing a concept's contemporary theoretical relevance and tracing its development, including the broader intellectual context transcending professional anthropology. Thus the article on qinterpretationq discusses St. Augustine, Schliermacher, Dilthey, and Gadamer, as well as Geertz and Evans-Pritchard. That on qethnologyq treats Boemus, Acosta, and Prichard as well as the Boasians. The article on qnatureq contrasts the Greek concept of physis with the Roman natura. Though this is a work of synthesis rather than of original historical scholarship, Winthrop quotes primary sources as much as possible, to let the key figures speak for themselves.Finally, Symbolism became a prominent topic for research, understandable in light of the Durkheimian emphasis on the representation of social relations through myth and ritual. ... E. E. Evans-Pritchard, Social Anthropology and Other Essays.

Title:Dictionary of Concepts in Cultural Anthropology
Author: Robert H. Winthrop
Publisher:ABC-CLIO - 1991-01-01

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