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Marvin Harris

Marvin Harris (August 18 1927 - October 25 2001) was an American anthropologist and highly influential in the development of cultural materialism. In his work, he drew largely on the theories of Thomas Malthus and Karl Marx, combining Malthus' focus on the influence of population growth on the formation of social institutions, and Marx's focus on the means of production regarding the same. Over the course of his life, Harris drew both a loyal following and a considerable amount of criticism.


  • The Rise of Anthropological Theory
  • Pigs, Cows, Wars and Witches (1974)
  • Good to Eat
  • Cannibals and Kings
  • Our Kind , a summary of his popular science production.
  • America Now
  • Theories of Culture in Postmodern Times

External links

  • Marvin Harris Biography.
  • Marvin Harris Essay.

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