List of figures; List of tables; Preface; 1. Visions of anthropology; 2. Precursors of the anthropological tradition; 3. Changing perspectives on evolution; 4. Diffusionist and culture-area theories; 5. Functionalism and structural-functionalism; 6. Action-centred, processual and Marxist perspectives; 7. From relativism to cognitive science; 8. Structuralism, from linguistics to anthropology; 9. Poststructuralists, feminists and (other) mavericks; 10. Interpretive and postmodernist approaches; 11. Conclusions; Appendix 1: dates of birth and death of individuals mentioned in the text; Appendix 2: glossary; References; Index.