Cultural Materialism: The Struggle for a Science of Culture

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Rowman Altamira, Jan 1, 2001 - 381 pages
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Cultural Materialism, published in 1979, was Marvin Harris's first full-length explication of the theory with which his work has been associated. While Harris has developed and modified some of his ideas over the past two decades, generations of professors have looked to this volume as the essential starting point for explaining the science of culture to students. Now available again after a hiatus, this edition of Cultural Materialism contains the complete text of the original book plus a new introduction by Orna and Allen Johnson that updates his ideas and examines the impact that the book and theory have had on anthropological theorizing.
  

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Harris is enjoyably pugnacious when it comes to discussing his rivals. His section on Levi-Strauss had me laughing out loud. Read full review

Contents

Research Strategies and the Structure of Science
5
The Epistemology of Cultural Materialism
29
Theoretical Principles of Cultural Materialism
46
The Scope of Cultural Materialist Theories
77
The Alternatives
115
Introduction To Part II
117
Sociobiology and Biological Reductionism
119
Dialectical Materialism
141
Structuralism
165
Structural Marxism
216
Psychological and Cognitive Idealism
258
Eclecticism
287
Obscurantism
315
Bibliography
343
Index
371
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Marvin Harris is in the department of anthropology at the University of Florida.

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