Theoretical Anthropology

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Transaction Publishers, 1968 - Social Science - 528 pages
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"The great virtue of the work, and one that will probably make it something of a milestone, lies in Bidney's own constructiveness. He is a philosophical optimist who believes in using what is valued from previous theories, and who is convinced that cultural or social science is able to show the way to human improvement." --"Social Forces"

"Theoretical Anthropology" is a major contribution to the historical and critical study of the assumptions underlying the development of modern cultural anthropology.

 

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Contents

The Problem of Man and the Human World
3
The Concept of Culture and Some Cultural Fallacies
23
Ethnology and Psychology
54
Society and Culture
85
Human Nature and the Cultural Process
125
Metaanthropology and Anthropological Science
156
Evolutionary Ethnology and Natural History
183
Cultural Dynamics and the Quest for Origins
215
The Concept of Cultural Crisis
345
Modes of Cultural Integration
366
Normative Culture and the Categories of Value
400
Ideology and Power in the Strategy of World Peace
433
The Problem of Freedom and Authority in Cultural Perspective
450
The Contribution of A L Kroeber to Contemporary Anthropology
467
Bibliography
485
Additional Bibliography
502

Culture History the Humanities and Natural Science
250
The Concept of Myth
286
The Concept of Personality in Modern Ethnology
327

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Page xlii - Civilization, taken in its wide ethnographic sense, is that complex whole which includes knowledge, belief, art, morals, law, custom, and any other capabilities and habits acquired by man as a member of society.
Page xi - Believing, with Max Weber, that man is an animal suspended in webs of significance he himself has spun, I take culture to be those webs, and the analysis of it to be therefore not an experimental science in search of law but an interpretive one in search of meaning.

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