Major Works
Leslie A. White


The Science of Culture: A Study of Man and Civilization

by Leslie A. White

About this title: 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 (originally published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux in 1969), Robert Carneiro outlines the key events in White's life and career, especially his championing of cultural evolutionism and cultural materialism.

The Evolution of Culture: The Development of Civilization to the Fall of Rome

by Leslie A. White

About this title: One of the major works of twentieth-century anthropological theory, written by one of the disciplines 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 Whites crucial contribution to the theory of cultural evolution. A new, substantial introduction by Robert Carneiro and Burton J. Brown assess Whites 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.

The Concept of Cultural Systems: A Key to Understanding Tribes and Nations

by Leslie A. White


The Concept of Culture

by Leslie A White


Evolution of Culture

by Leslie A. White



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