Re: Readings for course on culture theories

karl h schwerin (schwerin@UNM.EDU)
Fri, 19 Jan 1996 15:37:28 -0700

On Wed, 10 Jan 1996, Jane Wellenkamp wrote:

> Does anyone have any suggestions for readings (books or articles) for
> an undergraduate, upper-division course on theories and concepts of
> culture?
> Thanks,
> Jane Wellenkamp
> email:

Both the following may be useful:

Bohannon, Paul & Mark Glazer (eds.). 1973. High points in
anthropology. New York: Knopf (though more than 20 years old, this is
still in print. It consists of short, representatives reprintings of
chapters or articles from anthropological classics, eg. Spencer, Morgan,
Tyler, Boas, Kroeber, on down to E-P, Sahlins, and Levi-Strauss, as the
most recent.)

Service, Elman R. 1985. A century of controversy. Ethnological issues
from 1860 to 1960. Orlando, FL: Academic Press (Service deals with the
threads of development in critical topics, such as kinship, social
structure, government, etc., rather than dealing with personalities as is
the more common case in histories of anthropology. See in particular his
chapter on "Society and Culture.")

Karl Schwerin SnailMail: Dept. of Anthropology
Univ. of New Mexico Albuquerque, NM 87131

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