Social Origins and Social Continuities

Social Origins and Social Continuities

Social Origins and Social Continuities

Social Origins and Social Continuities

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Anthropology is the study of man. It is obviously the "proper study of mankind." This book has not been written for the anthropologist, but for the layman who desires a knowledge of some of the elementary and fundamental principles and facts concerning the development of man in his relationships with his fellow-beings, and who cares to acquaint himself with the general points of view of American Anthropology. I feel that many sins are committed in the name of this science, especially in America.

The content of these lectures is not, for the most part, original research and speculation. It is intended to be a presentation of basic facts and admitted hypotheses concerning human institutions. To this end an attempt has been made to present these lectures with the utmost simplicity, without the utilization of cryptic professional terminology; and to refrain from ambitious attempts to inject into the discussion of stabilized subjects personal opinions and pet theories, preferring to offer a practical and intelligible multiplication table rather than an abstract and debatable theory of relativity. Some material has been added to the lectures as given, since it was found impossible to cover adequately all the subjects discussed.

In 1911 another course of Lowell Lectures in the field of anthropology was published. The Mind of Primitive Man by Dr.Franz Boas remained for almost ten years the sole account of the general American point of view towards Anthropology. Since that time, and more espe-

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