Marxist Approaches in Anthropology

  title={Marxist Approaches in Anthropology},
  author={Bridget O'Laughlin},
  journal={Annual Review of Anthropology},
  • B. O'Laughlin
  • Published 1 October 1975
  • Economics
  • Annual Review of Anthropology
The purpose of this paper is to provide an introduction to the basic concepts and methods of historical materialism for anthropologists interested in applying this framework in their own work. It is not possible to cut out certain aspects of Marxism-such as the study of culture or of "primitive" societies-and assign them to anthropologists; Marx's emphasis on i ntegrated historical anal ysis of social totalities precludes the isolation of anthropology as a distinct discipline within the social… 
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Reading Capital. Transl. from French by B
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" A Letter to Etienne Balibar on the Problematic of Historical Materialism and Response
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Quelques problemes theoriques de la recherche marxiste en anthropologie
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Self criticism: An answer to questions from Theoretical Practice. Theor. Pracr
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Reponse a Maurice Godelier
  • La Penske
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