The Evolution of Culture

The Development of Civilization to the Fall of Rome

514OoU-C8wL._SY291_BO1,204,203,200_QL40_ Author Leslie A White
Isbn 9781598741445
File size 15.9MB
Year 2007
Pages 400
Language English
File format PDF
Category History

Book Description:

One of the major works of twentieth-century anthropological theory, written by one of the discipline’s most important, complex, and controversial figures.

One of the major works of twentieth-century anthropological theory, written by one of the discipline’s most important, complex, and controversial figures, has not been in print for several years. Now Evolution of Culture is again available in paperback, allowing today’s generation of anthropologists new access to Leslie White’s crucial contribution to the theory of cultural evolution. A new, substantial introduction by Robert Carneiro and Burton J. Brown assess White’s historical importance and continuing influence in the discipline. White is credited with reintroducing evolution in a way that had a profound impact on our understanding of the relationship between technology, ecology, and culture in the development of civilizations. A materialist, he was particularly concerned with societies’ ability to harness energy as an indicator of progress, and his empirical analysis of this equation covers a vast historical span. Fearlessly tackling the most fundamental questions of culture and society during the cold war, White was frequently a lightning rod both inside and outside the academy. His book will provoke equally potent debates today, and is a key component of any course or reading list in anthropological or archaeological theory and cultural ecology.

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