Culture: A Critical Review of Concepts and Definitions

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Author: Kroeber, Alfred Louis (1876-1960) and Clyde Kluckhohn from the library of Professor George M Foster

Year: 1952

Publisher: Harvard University Press

Place: Cambridge


viii+223+[4 ad] pages with appendices and index. Quarto (10 1/2' x 7 3/4") bound in original wrappers. With the assistance of Wayne Untereiner and appendices by Alfred G Meyer. From the library of Professor George M Foster. Papers of the Peabody Museum of American Archaeology and Ethnology, Harvard University, volume XLVII, number 1. First edition.

In Part I a semantic history of the word "culture" and some remarks on the related concept "civilization>" are discussed. Part II lists definitions, grouped according to principal conceptual emphasis, though this arrangement tends to have a rough chronological order as well. Comments follow each category of definitions, and Part II concludes with various analytical indices. Part III contains statements about culture longer or more discursive than definitions. These are classified, and each class is followed by comment by the authors. Part IV consist of the authors general conclusions.

George McClelland Foster, Jr born in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, on October 9, 1913, died on May 18, 2006, at his home in the hills above the campus of the University of California, Berkeley, where he served as a professor from 1953 to his retirement in 1979, when he became professor emeritus. His contributions to anthropological theory and practice still challenge us; in more than 300 publications, his writings encompass a wide diversity of topics, including acculturation, long-term fieldwork, peasant economies, pottery making, public health, social structure, symbolic systems, technological change, theories of illness and wellness, humoral medicine in Latin America, and worldview. The quantity, quality, and long-term value of his scholarly work led to his election to the National Academy of Sciences in 1976. Virtually all of his major publications have been reprinted and/or translated. Provenance from the executor of Foster's library laid in.


Foster's stamp and signature to front wrapper and title. Foster's underlining in both red and black pencil through out. Corners bumped, spine ends bumped and rubbed else about very good.

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