Culture and Life: Essays in Memory of Clyde Kluckhohn

Culture and Life: Essays in Memory of Clyde Kluckhohn

Culture and Life: Essays in Memory of Clyde Kluckhohn

Culture and Life: Essays in Memory of Clyde Kluckhohn


Beginning students of anthropology and general readers interested in the culture of the Navaho Indians will find this volume fascinating. Specialists in the field will welcome the publication of the essays, all of which address themselves to the nature of culture and the relationship to life.

The late Clyde Kluckhohn, whose work and study spanned the full range of anthropology, was one of its most gifted fieldworkers. His increasing interest in culture as the central concept of anthro pology- his view that culture, not be havior, was the main concern of his discipline- prompted his greatest intel lectual contributions. As a person, he was a man of extraordinary magnetism and charm, and he had a profound influence on many persons in many walks of life in many countries of the world. At the time of his death in 1960,at the age of fifty-five, he was Professor of Anthropology at Harvard University.


As a person, Clyde Kluckhohn was a man of extraordinary magnetism and charm who had a profound influence upon those who came in personal contact with him: colleagues, students, academic and government officials, Navaho Indians, and countless others in many walks of life in many countries of the world. On his death, the sentiment spontaneously arose among a number of these friends that a volume should be prepared commemorating his work and illuminating its significance for the development of social science. An exploratory organizational meeting was held in Chicago in November of 1960 at the time of the annual meetings of the American Anthropological Association. the present volume is the long-delayed result of that meeting and the personal feelings expressed there.

Many persons were involved in the early stages of planning, and it would be extravagant, if not impossible, to name them all here. But special recognition and thanks are due to Professor Iwao Ishino of Michigan State University for his original initiative and valuable ideas in regard to the project; it is indeed unfortunate that, because of personal reasons, he has been unable to contribute to this volume.

From the beginning, it was felt that a general call for papers from all of Kluckhohn's many associates would result in a large, unwieldy, and inevitably redundant collection with no assurance of appropriateness or even of pertinency. Therefore, it was early decided that contributions should be by invitation and that invitees would be most suitably selected from among Kluckhohn's students currently working in areas representative of his many and varied interests. Evon Z. Vogt, as Kluckhohn's closest colleague in anthropology at Harvard, undertook to solicit chapters evaluating Kluckhohn's scholarly work on a number of topics considered to be of most concern to . . .

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