1st Edition

Studying Societies and Cultures
Marvin Harris's Cultural Materialism and its Legacy





ISBN 9781594512889
Published January 30, 2008 by Routledge
344 Pages

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"A thought-provoking, stimulating volume on the past, present and future of cultural materialism that is both laudatory of Harris' research strategy and critical of it." Paul Shankman, University of Colorado One of the most important anthropologists of all time, Marvin Harris was influential worldwide as the founder of cultural materialism. This book accessibly analyzes Harris's theories and their important legacies today. The chapters explore cultural materialism's epistemology and its relation to rational choice theory, Darwinian social science, and population pressures. The authors assess recent attempts to extend and reformulate cultural materialism and highlight cross-cultural, archaeological, and ethnographic applications of cultural materialism today.

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“A thought-provoking, stimulating volume on the past, present, and future of cultural materialism that is both laudatory of Harris' research strategy and critical of it.”
—Paul Shankman, University of Colorado