Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

An Analysis of the Four-Field Approach in Anthropology and its Longevity
by Pattison, Mary Burneice, M.A., Prescott College, 2011, 103; 1507077
Abstract (Summary)

This thesis examines some of the personalities and institutions that were involved in the evolution of the four-field approach in anthropology through various historical periods into what it is today. With changing views and budget cuts, it is possible that the four-field approach in the United States will break apart. If this were to happen it could change the face of anthropology as we know it. Anthropology and the four-field approach has been evolving for over one-hundred years, and although it has at times come under attack by scholars in other fields, the four-field approach is the reason for our understanding of past civilizations, as well as understanding the similarities and differences of living societies. To allow the four-field approach to be split into several separate departments would be detrimental to the continuing study of human beings, past and present.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Rushbrook, Dereka
Commitee: Amster, Randall, Cash, Conor
School: Prescott College
Department: Humanities
School Location: United States -- Arizona
Source: MAI 50/05M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Archaeology
Keywords: Ancient, Anthropology, Archaeology, Four-field approach, Maya, Mesoamerica
Publication Number: 1507077
ISBN: 9781267230829
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