The scientifi c study of human evolution and culture is about a hundred years old. This volume surveys its achievements and methods. Originally published more than forty years ago, the volume's contributors include people who have shaped anthropology's future. As Gluckman says in his Preface, the contributions "point to the horizons of increasing understanding of man, his evolution and his social setting, as seen by a rising generation of scholars."
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"The book is intended for the intelligent layman rather than the professional anthropologist.... [T]his is an instructive and stimulating book." --J. S. La Fontaine, Man "The volume can be summed up as: A series of simple readable accounts by competent scholars, of the status quo in anthropology in several fields, with occasional sign posts pointing out the directions that study appears to be taking, and, moreover, why these trends are important.... I think the book quite worthwhile as an indication of trends; it will be bought by many students and used in conjunction with many classes." --Jess D. Jennings, American Anthropologist "The industrious and ingenious editor of anthropological journals, series, and books, Sol Tax, has induced several younger members of the profession to show their wares." --Wilson D. Wallis, The Quarterly Review of BiologyAbout the Author:
Sol Tax (1907-1995) was Professor Emeritus of Anthropology at the University of Chicago. He was widely known as the founder of the journal Current Anthropology and for his work with Native Americans, particularly the Fox and Sauk Indians. Max Gluckman (1911-1975) was head of the department of social anthropology and sociology at the University of Manchester. He is well known for his many books and articles on the peoples of South and Central Africa and on social anthropology in general.
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