DAVID J. WILSON'S THEORETICAL APPROACH & PARADIGM

DAVID J. WILSON'S THEORETICAL APPROACH & PARADIGM -...

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* Chapter 2. Theoretical Approach [The central pivotal issue here--- mind over matter, or mentalist versus materialist approaches in cultural anthropology--- and Wilson aims in the direction of integration and even synthesis] pp. 10-11. One's theoretical approach is important because it determines what is important or relevant, and what is not! 10 I. Historical Background (see helpful diagrams) A. Steward's Cultural Ecology 1. Basic thesis - correspondence between environment and cultural type (band, tribe, chiefdom, state) [Wilson uses village instead of tribe] 2. Cultural core 3. Superstructure ignored B. Harris' Cultural Materialism 1. System components (infrastructure, structure, superstructure) 2. Causal primacy and research priority for infrastructure 3. Superstructure totally dependent variable C. Sullivan's Critique! 1. Three approaches - mind, history, material (and ecological) 2. Reichel-Dolmatoff comes closest to integrating these three!
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