The Pueblo of Sia, New Mexico
Publisher: Government Printing Office
Place: Washington, DC
xii+358pp with 12 plates and 55 figures. Royal octavo (9 1/2" x 6") issued in olive green cloth with gilt lettering to spine. Smithsonian Institution, Bureau of American Ethnology, Bulletin 184. 1st edition.
Leslie White was an American anthropologist best known for his ideas about cultural evolution (White, Leslie A). He was influenced by the Marxian economic theory, Darwinian evolutionary theory, and by what he learned while attending school and participating in fieldwork. When White got out of the Navy, he went to Louisiana State University, then to Columbia University, and lastly to the University of Chicago. He received a Bachelors Degree and a Masters Degree in Psychology from Columbia University and a Ph. D. in Sociology from the University of Chicago. Early on, White did fieldwork in the American southwest with the Keresan Pueblo Indians. He then taught at the University of Michigan. Throughout his life, White was interested in general evolution. He strongly supported the ideas of the 19th-century writers Herbert Spencer, Lewis H. Morgan and Edward Tylor. He adopted many of their ideas and gave them a fresh approach. He is known for developing the term "culturology". White coined this term because he believed that cultures should not be explained in terms of psychology, biology, or physiology, but rather in its own category. Culturology is defined as "the field of science which studies and interprets the distinct order of phenomena termed culture".
Corners bumped, spine head slightly rubbed, spine lightly sunned. previous owner's name stamped on front endpaper. A very good copy issued without jacket.
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