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Idealists vs. materialists

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  1. Introduction
  2. The theme of knowledge
  3. The theoretical perspective known as symbolic/interpretivist anthropology
  4. How conflicts developed work themselves out
  5. Considering cultural materialism
  6. To cultural materialist science
  7. Conclusion

The 1960's were a productive era for developing contemporary anthropological theories. Several theorists emerged following the original Boasian framework and developed ethno science and cognitive paradigms. Around the same time theorists interested in exploring systems of meaning and significance developed a cultural constructionist/interpretive paradigm. Developing in complete opposition was the cultural materialist paradigm that focused mainly on the causes and similarities between cultures related to their environments and socio-cultural systems. Finally, postmodernist theories developed doing away with western knowledge and the basic definitions of anthropology, as we know it.

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