For a Science of Social Man: Convergences in Anthropology, Psychology, and Sociology

For a Science of Social Man: Convergences in Anthropology, Psychology, and Sociology

For a Science of Social Man: Convergences in Anthropology, Psychology, and Sociology

For a Science of Social Man: Convergences in Anthropology, Psychology, and Sociology

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This volume was made possible, in the first instance, by a modest financial grant to John Gillin in 1949 from the Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research (then called the Viking Fund, Inc.). The original purpose of the grant was "to explore the possibilities of interdisciplinary integration in the human or man sciences." At that time it was thought that a week-long conference of a few leading experts might produce tangible progress toward such a goal. During the academic year 1949-1950 an interdisciplinary faculty seminar was conducted at the University of North Carolina, partly for the purpose of testing out the conference idea, and devoted to a consideration of concepts common to several of the disciplines. Aid in the form of research assistants was supplied by the Institute for Research in Social Science of the University of North Carolina. Among the senior participants were Nicholas J. Demerath, Louis O. Kattsoff, Harold G. McCurdy, George E. Nicholson, Jr., Rupert B. Vance, and Karl Zener (the latter from Duke University). A large amount of theoretical material, plus recorded discussions, was accumulated and filed, but at the end of the academic year most of the members were scattered about this country and abroad by responsibilities for research projects and other obligations, so that the seminar was perforce discontinued. Also, as a result of experience in the seminar it became increasingly doubtful that a short conference of experts or authorities, however eminent, would at this point be able to produce anything constructive toward the goal in mind. Accordingly, after a period of reflection and consultation, the present plan was decided upon. The authors have held two conferences in . . .

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