Sociocultural evolution leslie white, author of the evolution of culture: the development of civilization to the fall of rome (1959), attempted to create a theory explaining the entire history of humanity the most important factor in his theory is technology social systems are determined by technological systems,. Leslie white (1900-1975) • personality and culture 1925 • a problem in kinship terminology 1939 • the pueblo of santa ana 1942 • energy and the evolution of culture 1943 • diffusion versus evolution: an anti- evolutionist fallacy 1945 • the expansion of the scope of science 1947 • evolutionism in cultural. About leslie white: leslie alvin white was an american anthropologist known for his advocacy of theories of cultural evolution, sociocultural evolution. Leslie alvin white was an american anthropologist known for his advocacy of theories of cultural evolution, sociocultural evolution, and especially neoevolutionism, and for his role in creating the department of anthropology at the university of michigan ann arbor he was president of the american. Comparison of two indian groups in north and south america (197) and a general review of cultural evolution (293, 295) leslie white's relation to the boasian tradition was somewhat different like steward, he wrote a historical particularist dissertation, but he made a sharp break with that approach soon after he taught at. Leslie a white (1900-1975), author of the evolution of culture: the development of civilization to the fall of rome (1959) publication of this book rekindled interest in evolutionism among sociologists and anthropologists white attempted to create a theory explaining the entire history of humanity the most important. After writing several respected ethnographic works about the pueblo indians, white broke ranks with anthropologists who favored such cultural histories and began to radically rethink american anthropology as his political interest in socialism grew, he revitalized the concept of cultural evolution and reinvigorated. Two of the dominant voices of neo-evolutionary thought, julian steward and leslie white, both trace their ancestry back to boas despite being a student of kroeber, he butted heads with his mentor by his interest in the causes of cultural traits, krober being the author or “the eighteen professions” said.
Morgan's repudiation of the book of genesis, his theory of primordial promiscuity, his materialism, and his emphasis upon the role of property in the course of social evolution provoked heated opposition and the book, though a classic in the literature of anthropology, has remained controversial edited so as to reveal as. Xvi author's note i cannot find words to express the full sense of my obligation to her ^ ,_ leslie a white universit)' of michigan ann arbor, michigan preface a rulture became differentiated as soon as it appeared ever since the earliest days of human history local groups of people have been distinguished from one. White was a prolific writer, and his best known works include the science of culture: a study of man & civilization (1949), the evolution of culture (1959), the concept of culture (1973), and the concept of cultural systems: a key to understanding tribes & nations (1976) leslie alvin white was born 19 january 1900 in. Eslie white's last three articles in the american anthropologist' require a reply since in my opinion they evolution as a scientific doctrine-not as a farrago of immature metaphysical notions-is secure morgan's place not how a writer formulates his principles in the abstract but what he does with them now, white to the.
Main author: white, leslie a, 1900-1975 language(s):, english published: new york, mcgraw-hill, 1959 subjects: civilization, ancient physical description: 378 p 24 cm locate a print version: find in a library. About the book contents reviews author biography 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. In the pre-'60s at the university of michigan, rebellion consisted of listening gleefully to the anthropologist leslie white going mano a mano with god white nor could you have guessed from his so-americanized version of marxism: a theory of cultural evolution based singularly on technological progress.
Leslie white, author of the evolution of culture: the development of civilization to the fall of rome (1959), approached the problem of identifying levels of progressive cultural evolution using his pre-anthropological background in science and physics he subscribed to the 19th century evolutionary. Leslie white has 15 books on goodreads with 172 ratings leslie white's most popular book is ancient society or, researches in the lines of human progres. Leslie white conflated the two families of processes archaeologists working before 1960 focused on processes resulting in the diachronic evolution of cultures many of these involved cultural transmission initially, processes involving the synchronic operation of a culture were conflated with diachronic. Many sociologists and anthropologists have created social theories dealing with social and cultural evolution some, like lewis h morgan, leslie white, and gerhard lenski have declared technological progress to be the primary factor driving the development of human civilization morgan's concept of three major stages of.
Approach it resembles leslie white's (1900-1975) attempts to find universal laws of culture i will also in an inversion of white's beliefs, today's modern biology probably knows more about biological evolution than anthropologists know about cultural evolution 1 there works and lives: the anthropologist as author.
By lewis morgan, edited by leslie a white harvard, 596 pp, $995 in this beautifully printed and superbly edited book one of the great classics of anthropological literature is for the first time given the kind of presentation it deserves its previous publication history is curious in 1877 the author thought of it as no more than. About the author the late leslie a white (1900–1975) was one of anthropology's most renowned theorists from his base at university of michigan, he influenced generations of students and followers with his ideas of cultural evolution he was author of numerous books on theory and on his fieldwork in the american. The evolution of culture: the development of civilization to the fall of rome leslie a white, new york: for many years leslie white stood virtually alone in his uncompromising support of the 19th century cultural phenomena, but where they leave off the author endeavors to explain all culture as manifestations of.