Cultural Evolution: A Study of Social Origins and Development

Cultural Evolution: A Study of Social Origins and Development

Cultural Evolution: A Study of Social Origins and Development

Cultural Evolution: A Study of Social Origins and Development

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Those who have no patience with hypothesis in scientific work are warned against reading this book. It is merely an outline of the author's theory of human social evolution. Probably the more cautious anthropologists and sociologists will say that many of its generalizations are premature. But in the belief that even faulty generalizations are better for the development of the social sciences than no generalizations, it is offered to the public.

It should not be inferred by the reader, however, that the generalizations offered have not been reached by a long and laborious process of induction. For more than twenty years the author has given at the University of Missouri a course in "Cultural Anthropology." About ten years ago the material in his lectures began to take the form presented in the generalizations of this book. If all the supporting evidence of anthropological and historical facts which have been gathered by him were published with these generalizations, the work would make several volumes; and those who know the limited time available for writing and research to a teacher in a state university, with large undergraduate classes, know how impossible such an undertaking is in such circumstances. Possibly an outline of theory as it has developed in the teacher's mind will be welcomed by the reading public, however; and if . . .

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