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cultural materialism

(ANTHROPOLOGY) an approach (e.g. the work of Marvin Harris 1978) which suggests that the appropriate explanations of many aspects of human culture are material factors. In some aspects the approach is like that of MARX, but in Harris's work the determining features of importance are more usually of a demographic or environmental nature. Harris, for example, has proposed ecological/environmental explanations of social practices such as cannibalism, TABOOS and food prohibitions. See also HISTORICAL MATERIALISM, ENVIRONMENTAL DEPLETION, GEOGRAPHICAL DETERMINISM.
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The traditions covered include: functionalism, Marxian and Weberian conflict theories, world-systems analysis, exchange and rational choice theory, cultural materialism, social evolutionism, sociobiology, and eclecticism.
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This second volume of essays on the publisher's series looks at its topic from a wide variety of perspectives and through a range of methodologies, including bibliographical and bibliometric studies, cultural materialism, and reception theories, but one feels that it has only touched upon a fascinating, worldwide, and up to this point rather overlooked, phenomenon.
So it is most fitting that Everyday Objects, edited by Tara Hamling and Catherine Richardson, promotes a new kind of cultural materialism nurtured on British, even Birmingham, soil (the edition is an offshoot of a conference on the topic of everyday objects held at the University of Birmingham in 2007) and, despite its claims to offer a transatlantic perspective, sports a decidedly British voice (the collection nominally includes two Americans and a Canadian, but all the other twenty-one contributors are sited in the United Kingdom).
Based on these views, Glenn (1988) formulated a more elaborated account of cultural evolution, which integrates some of the notions of cultural materialism (Harris, 1979, 2007) and Skinner's selectionist approach to the behavior of organisms.
In literature, for example, the dominant force having pushed aside deconstruction and various other French post-structuralist fancies, is the new historicism or, in Great Britain, cultural materialism.
Contingencies and metacontingencies: Toward a synthesis of behavior analysis and cultural materialism.
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