Elements of Social Organization

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Author: Firth, Raymond William (1901-2002) From the library of Dr Donald Worcester

Year: 1951

Publisher: Philosophical Library

Place: New York


vii+257 pages with frontispiece, plates and index. Octavo (8 3/4" x 5 3/4") bound in original publisher's red cloth with gilt lettering to spine in original jacket. From the library of Dr Donald Worcester. First American edition.

An illuminating introduction to the methods and problems of social anthropology, this book draws on a wide range of illustrations, including Raymond Firth's own experiences in New Zealand, Malaya and the Solomon Islands.

Donald E. Worcester (1915-2003) was an American historian who specialized in Southwestern United States and Latin American history. He was president of the Western History Association from 1974-1975. Worcester graduated from Bard College in 1939. He received an M.A. from the University of California, Berkeley in 1941. He then served in the US Naval Reserve in World War II. He received a PhD. from Berkeley in 1947. From 1947 until 1963 he was a professor at the University of Florida. He then was a professor at Texas Christian University and history department chair. From 1960 until 1965 he was managing editor of the Hispanic American Historical Review. Worcester's view that history is made of complexities, not dualities, is seen as foundational for much of the understanding by later scholars of Southwest United States history.


Worcester's stamp on front end paper and head page ends. Jacket spine ends and corners lightly chipped, spine sunned else very good in like jacket.

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