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Evolutionism In Cultural Anthropology

A Critical History, 1st Edition

By Robert L. Carneiro


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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 synt

Table of Contents

1 The Early History of Evolutionism -- 2 The Reconstruction of Cultural Evolution -- 3 The Characteristics of Cultural Evolution -- 4 The Determinants of Cultural Evolution -- 5 Anti-Evolutionism in the Ascendancy -- 6 Early Stages in the Reemergence of Evolutionism -- 7 Issues in Late Midcentury Evolutionism -- 8 Features of the Evolutionary Process -- 9 What Drives the Evolution of Culture? -- 10 Other Perspectives on Cultural Evolution -- 11 Elements of Evolutionary Formulations -- 12 Current Issues and Attitudes in the Study of Cultural Evolution

About the Author

Robert L. Carneiro is Curator of South American Ethnology, American Museum of Natural History, and adjunct professor of Anthropology at Columbia University. His field work has been among the Kuikuru of central Brazil, the Amahuaca of eastern Peru, and the Yanomamo of southern Venezuela.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Anthropology / General