Primitive Classification

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Author: Durkheim, David Emile (1858-1917) and Marcel Mauss from the library of Professor Robert Van Kemper

Year: 1963

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

Place: Chicago


xlviii+96 pages with bibliography and index. Octavo (8 3/4" x 5 3/4") bound in original publisher's blue cloth with gilt lettering to spine in original jackket. Translated with an introduction by Rodney Needham. From the library of Professor Robert Van Kemper. First published in French De Quelques Formes Primitives De Classification (1903). First edition into English.

Emile Durkheim was a French positivist sociologist. He formally established the academic discipline and, with Karl Marx and Max Weber, is commonly cited as the principal architect of modern social science.Durkheim developed the sociological positivism of Auguste Comte in greater detail, hence developing a rigorous methodology combining sociological theory with empirical social research. Also influential in anthropology, Durkheim was a structural functionalist and an early proponent of solidarism. During his lifetime, Durkheim gave many lectures, and published numerous sociological studies on subjects such as education, crime, religion, suicide, and many other aspects of society.

Robert V. Kemper, born in San Diego, California, on November 21, 1945, resides in Dallas, Texas, where he is Professor of Anthropology at Southern Methodist University. He received his Ph.D. in Anthropology in 1971 from the University of California at Berkeley and spent the academic year 1971-1972 there as a National Endowment for the Humanities Post-Doctoral Fellow in Mexican American Studies before joining the SMU faculty. At SMU, he has served as Chair of the Department of Anthropology, President of the Faculty Senate, and member of the University Board of Trustees. His research interests include migration and urbanization, history of anthropology, community development, tourism, Mexico, and the United States. His numerous publications include Anthropologists in Cities (1974), Migration and Adaptation: Tzintzuntzan Peasants in Mexico City (1977), Migration Across Frontiers: Mexico and the United States (1979), Chronicling Cultures: Long-Term Field Research in Anthropology (2002), and Urban Life (5th ed., 2010). He has served as President of the Society for Latin American Anthropology and the Society for Urban Anthropology, as well as Editor of Human Organization, Editor for Social-Cultural Anthropology of the American Anthropologist, and Associate Editor for Urban Anthropology. He maintains a web site at http://faculty.smu/rkemper.


Slight damage to edges, previous owner's name labeled out, Kemper's stamp to front paste down. Jacked corners and edges chipped, spine age darkened, lightly soiled else about a very good copy in like jacket.

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