Structural Anthropology (1958) not only transformed the discipline of anthropology, it also energized a movement called structuralism that came to dominate the humanities and social sciences for a generation. Linguistic structuralism studies the meaning of language beyond definitions, looking at the relationships of words and sounds to each other.
Up to the mid 20th century, generations of anthropologists had imported their own value systems into their work, regardless of where they were studying. Indigenous cultures were almost always judged to fall short in some manner - offering justification for colonization in the name of 'civilizing natives.'
Modernity at Large is an edited collection of the essays that made Appadurai an influential figure in cultural anthropology. Collectively, these not only present a theory of globalization, but also suggest ways that other researchers can follow up on the author's ideas.
Based on 20 months of fieldwork among the Azande people of South Sudan, Evans-Pritchard's work became the founding text in the anthropology of witchcraft. Although the book had little impact when it first appeared in 1937, its popularity grew after World War II and its influence on anthropology is still strong nearly 80 years later.
This textbook outlines the factors that every student must assess for a proper understanding of the period, from the attitudes of the aristocracy and the role of state religion to the function of political institutions.
The ruined silhouette of the Parthenon on its hill above Athens is one of the world's most famous images. Its 'looted' Elgin Marbles are a global cause celebre. But what actually are they? This work tells the history and explains the significance of the Parthenon, the temple of the virgin goddess Athena, the divine patroness of ancient Athens.
'The world's most controversial classicist debunks our movie-style myths about the Roman town with meticulous scholarship and propulsive energy - scrutinising and animated in equal measure' Laura Silverman, Daily Mail
In The Greeks, Philip Matyszak illuminates the Greek soldiers, statesmen, scientists and philosophers who, though they seldom - if ever - set foot on the Greek mainland, nevertheless laid the foundations of what we call 'Greek culture' today.
This book brings together the results of fieldwork and academic research to highlight the achievements of prehistoric people who lived in these islands between their settlement by the first farmers and Julius Caesar's invasions of southeast England. It emphasises landscapes and monuments that can be visited today.
1400 years, 206 bones, 1 extraordinary story... A fighter with no name, painstakingly brought back to life by the archaeologist who found his remains, and the historian who can tell the extraordinary stories those bones reveal.
Provides an account of the scientific analysis of human skeletal remains from archaeological sites. This title reflects the various developments in scientific techniques for studying human skeletons and the applications of those techniques in archaeology. It includes sections on ancient DNA and bone stable isotopes.
The most wide-ranging, comprehensive, and up-to-date dictionary of archaeology available. Over 4,000 entries cover artefacts, techniques, terminology, people, places, and periods. The second edition includes strong coverage of archaeological resource management and archaeological theory. An essential book for amateurs and professionals alike.
Every year, archaeology uncovers dozens of fragments that change the way we look at ourselves. This guide covers over three million years of human development across the world - from the emergence of the first humans via the cave paintings of Lascaux to the ancient civilisation of Mesopotamia and prehistoric cultures of Siberia.
Combines an account of some of the disciplines guiding principles and methodology with examples and illustrations of anthropologists. This book discusses about the anthropology's contributions to modern thought, and examines specific ways in which social and cultural anthropology have advanced our understanding of human society and culture.
They gave us democracy, philosophy, poetry, rational science, the joke. They built the Parthenon and the Library of Alexandria. But who were the ancient Greeks? And what was it that enabled them to achieve so much? This title offers a revelatory way of viewing this geographically scattered people, and more.
* Revised and updated edition of a highly successful text on theoretical approaches to archaeology. * Brings together some of the major exponents and innovators in the discipline to introduce their individual areas of specialism.
In the sixth millennium BC, settlers on the banks of the Tigris and Euphrates rivers created the world's first cities. In doing so, they wrote the opening chapter of the history of human civilization as we know it. Paul Kriwaczek tells their extraordinary story.
The destruction of ancient monuments by the Taliban and the Islamic State have shocked observers worldwide. Art historian Maxwell Anderson's Antiquities: What Everyone Needs to Know (R) analyzes continuing threats to our heritage as well as a balanced account of treaties and laws, collections past and present, forgeries, and other controversial issues.
* The first book of its kind to offer a fully accessible - yet still serious - beginner s-level introduction to anthropology. * Takes seriously a commitment to encouraging a new generation of anthropologists and to communicating the excitement of this fascinating subject.
The Roman emperor Julian (361-363) was raised as a Christian, but soon after apostatized, and, during his short reign, attempted to revive paganism. This provoked the anger of the Christians, who raised accusations against him as a persecutor. In The Last Pagan Emperor, these claims are carefully investigated.