The Science of Culture: A Study of Man and Civilization

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Percheron Press, 2005 - History - 444 pages
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Leslie White was one of the most important and controversial figures in American anthropology. This classic work, initially published in 1949, contains White's definitive statement on what he termed "culturology." In his new prologue to this reprint of the second edition, Robert Carneiro outlines the key events in White's life and career, especially his championing of cultural evolutionism and cultural materialism. Praise from readers "Republishing these pioneer articles now makes White's fundamental exposition easily available to a new generation of social scientists." Richard N. Adams, University of Texas "One of the best works ever produced by an anthropologist. White was a remarkable thinker and his writings were filled with 'intellectual content.'" Lewis R. Binford, Southern Methodist University "The enduring foundation of a science of culture is made supremely accessible thanks to the lucidity of White's writing." Robert Bates Graber, Truman State University "Written with a straightforward crispness. A welcome treat in an age when obscurity is often confused with profundity." David Kaplan, Brandeis University

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Leslie A. White

Robert L. Carneiro, American Museum of Natural History, New York, New York (new prologue)


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