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Cultural Materialism Presentation

Cultural Materialism Presentation

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A brief account of Marvin Harris's 'Cultural Materialism'
A brief account of Marvin Harris's 'Cultural Materialism'

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Cultural Materialism
 
Outline
Introduction
Profile of the founder of Theory
The Background of Theory
Explanation of the Theory
Examples from the work of Marvin Harris
Contribution to Anthropology
Criticism
Bibliography
 
Introduction
Cultural Materialism is anthropological theorythat tend to explain that how the practicalconditions of human beings influence the cultural
patterns. In Harris words “Cultural Materialism is
based on the simple premise that human sociallife is a response to the practical problems of earthly
existence”(1979: ix)
 
It places key importance to the empirical science,focusing on the observable phenomenon ratherthan on subjective thoughts and behaviors
It emerged in late 1960s

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