The Rise and Fall of Culture History
by R Lee Lyman;Robert C O'Brien Michael JDunnell (9780306455377)

The Rise and Fall of Culture History

R Lee Lyman;Robert C O'Brien Michael JDunnell

Release Date: 30 June 1997
Format: Hardback
Pages: 271
Category: Archaeology
ISBN: 9780306455377
ISBN-10: 0306455374

This volume presents an insightful critical analysis of the culture history approach to Americanist anthropology. Reasons for the acceptance and incorporation of important concepts, as well as the paradigm's strengths and weaknesses, are discussed in detail. The framework for this analysis is founded on the contrast between two metaphysics used by evolutionary biologists in discussing their own discipline: materialistic/populational thinking and essentialistic/typological thinking. Employing this framework, the authors show not only why the culture history paradigm lost favor in the 1960s, but also which of its aspects need to be retained if archaeology is ever to produce a viable theory of culture change.

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