Scenes from the High Desert

Julian Steward's Life and Theory
Author: Virginia Kerns
A thorough analysis of Julian Steward’s life and work and the history of the discipline of anthropology during his lifetime
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978-0-252-07635-0
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978-0-252-09160-5
Publication Date
Paperback: 01/26/2009
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About the Book

Julian Steward (1902-72) is best remembered in American anthropology as the creator of cultural ecology, a theoretical approach that has influenced generations of archaeologists and cultural anthropologists. Virginia Kerns considers the intellectual and emotional influences of Steward's remarkable career, exploring his early life in the American West, his continued attachments to western landscapes and inhabitants, his research with Native Americans, and the writing of his classic work, Theory of Culture Change. With fluid prose and rich detail, Kerns captures the essence and breadth of Steward's career while carefully measuring the ways he reinforced the male-centered structure of mid-twentieth-century American anthropology.

About the Author

Virginia Kerns, a professor of anthropology at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, is the author of Women and the Ancestors: Black Carib Kinship and Ritual.

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Awards

Winner of the 2003 William P. Clements Prize for the Best Non-Fiction Book on Southwestern America. Winner of the 2003 Evans Biography Award.