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An overview of the anthropological theories

Mohamad Diah, Nurazzura and Hossain, Dewan Mahboob and Mustari, Sohela and Ramli, Noor Syafika (2014) An overview of the anthropological theories. International Journal of Humanities and Social Science, 4 (10(1)). pp. 155-164. ISSN 2221-0989 (O), 2220-8488 (P)

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Theories are treated as the lifeblood of the disciplines like sociology and anthropology. As a newer discipline that has grown approximately over the last two hundred years, anthropology has proposed different important theories on man and culture. This article presents with an overview of the theories of anthropology developed over the last two hundred years. This can be considered as a general summarized reading of the important anthropological theories like evolutionism, diffusionism, historical particularism, functionalism, culture and personality, structuralism, neo-evolutionism, cultural ecology, cultural materialism, postmodernist and feminist explanations. This article concludes that though each of these theories was criticized by the subsequent theorists, all these theories contributed a lot in the development of anthropology as a discipline.

Item Type: Article (Journal)
Additional Information: 2612/39059
Uncontrolled Keywords: anthropology, theory, anthropological theory
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Kulliyyah of Islamic Revealed Knowledge and Human Sciences > Department of Sociology & Anthropology
Date Deposited: 02 Dec 2014 11:10
Last Modified: 19 Jun 2018 12:16
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/39059

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