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The Science of Culture
A Study of Man and Civilization

By Leslie A. White

The Science of Culture
Paperback, 502 pages £39.00
Published: 2005
ISBN: 9780975273821
Format: 201mm x 137mm
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Subjects: Anthropology, Eliot Werner Publications
Series: EWP Foundations of Anthropology

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.

Prologue to the Percheron Press Edition, Robert L. Carneiro

I. Science and Symbols


Chapter 1. Science Is Sciencing

Chapter 2. The Symbol: The Origin and Basis of Human Behavior

Chapter 3. On the Use of Tools by Primates

Chapter 4. Mind Is Minding

Chapter 5. The Expansion of the Scope of Science

II. Man and Culture


Chapter 6. Culturological vs. Psychological Interpretations of Human Behavior

Chapter 7. Cultural Determinants of Mind

Chapter 8. Genius: Its Causes and Incidence

Chapter 9. Ikhnaton: The Great Man vs. the Culture Process

Chapter 10. The Locus of Mathematical Reality

Chapter 11. The Definition and Prohibition of Incest

Chapter 12. Man’s Control over Civilization: An Anthropocentric Illusion

III. Energy and Civilization


Chapter 13. Energy and the Evolution of Culture

IV. Culturology

Chapter 14. The Science of Culture

Chapter References



'Republishing these pioneer articles now makes White’s fundamental exposition easily available to a new generation of social scientists.' (Richard N. Adams, University of Texas)

'One of the best works ever produced by an anthropologist. White was a remarkable thinker and his writings were filled with "intellectual content."' (Lewis R. Binford, Southern Methodist University)

'The enduring foundation of a science of culture is made supremely accessible thanks to the lucidity of White’s writing.' (Robert Bates Graber, Truman State University)

'Written with a straightforward crispness. A welcome treat in an age when obscurity is often confused with profundity.' (David Kaplan, Brandeis University)

Leslie A. White

Robert L. Carneiro,
American Museum of Natural History, New York, New York (new prologue)

Publication Details:

 Paperback , 502 pages
 201mm x 137mm

BIC Code:
 Eliot Werner Publications


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