The Categorical Impulse: Essays on the Anthropology of Classifying Behaviour (Paperback)
  • The Categorical Impulse: Essays on the Anthropology of Classifying Behaviour (Paperback)
zoom

The Categorical Impulse: Essays on the Anthropology of Classifying Behaviour (Paperback)

(author)
£21.00
Paperback 248 Pages / Published: 16/04/2008
  • We can order this

Usually dispatched within 3 weeks

  • This item has been added to your basket
Classification, as an object of recent anthropological scrutiny came to prominence during the 1960s, exemplified in the British (constructionist) tradition by the writings of Mary Douglas, and in the American ethno-semantics (cognitive) tradition by the likes of Harold Conklin and Brent Berlin. At the time, these approaches seemed by turns to contradict each other, or even to exist in parallel universes. However, over the last 30 years we have witnessed both a renewed interest in classification studies as well as a cross-fertilization of these once antagonistic approaches. These essays by one of leading scholars in this field bring together a body of influential and inter-linked work which attempts to bridge the divide between cultural and cognitive studies of classification, and which develops a more embedded and processual approach. In particular, the essays focus on people's categorization of natural kinds as a means through which to obtain an understanding of how classifying behavior in general works, engaging with the ideas of both anthropologists and psychologists. The theoretical background is set out in an entirely new and substantial introduction, which also provides a comprehensive and systematic review of developments in cognitive and social anthropology since 1960 as these have impacted on classification studies. In short, it constitutes a useful and approachable introduction to its subject. Roy Ellen was educated at the London School of Economics and is Professor of Anthropology and Human Ecology at the University of Kent at Canterbury, where he has taught since 1973. His numerous and varied publications include Environment, Subsistence and System (1982), The Cultural Relations of Classification (1993), and most recently, On the Edge of the Banda Zone (2003).

Publisher: Berghahn Books
ISBN: 9781845451554
Number of pages: 248
Weight: 354 g
Dimensions: 234 x 156 x 13 mm

You may also be interested in...

Sapiens
Added to basket
£9.99   £7.99
Paperback
A Dictionary of Sociology
Added to basket
The Gift
Added to basket
£12.99
Paperback
Noise
Added to basket
£9.99
Paperback
Personality
Added to basket
£8.99
Paperback
The Anthropology of Islam Reader
Added to basket
Consider the Fork
Added to basket
£9.99
Paperback
The Golden Bough
Added to basket
Consider The Lobster
Added to basket
The World Until Yesterday
Added to basket
War: What is it good for?
Added to basket
Argonauts of the Western Pacific
Added to basket

Reviews

Please sign in to write a review

Your review has been submitted successfully.