Outline of Cultural Materials

Outline of Cultural Materials

Outline of Cultural Materials

Outline of Cultural Materials


The first draft of the present Outline was prepared in 1937 through the cooperative effort of its authors. Copies were sent out for criticism to leading specialists in many fields, and nearly one hundred responded with helpful suggestions. In the meantime, each of the authors submitted the proposed classification to a practical test by attempting to organize the materials in a standard ethnography in accordance with it. On the basis of the defects revealed in these tests, and of the suggestions received, the preliminary draft was substantially modified, and was subsequently published in a first edition in 1938.

To the following, whose suggestions proved particularly influential in the preparation of the first edition, the authors acknowledge a special indebtedness: Roland H. Bainton, Raymond V. Bowers, Peter H. Buck, Edwin G. Burrows, John M. Cooper, Arthur L. Corbin, John Dollard, Leonard W. Doob, Fred Eggan, Fred R. Fairchild, Ellsworth Huntington, Eugen Kahn, Albert G. Keller, Clyde Kluckhohn, William Ewart Lawrence, Neal E. Miller, Maurice Parmelee, Wilson D. Wallis, and Benjamin L. Whorf.

A Spanish translation of the first edition, by Rádames A. Altieri, entitled Guia para la investigación etnológica, was published in Tucuman, Argentina in 1939 as part of Volume I of the Notas del Instituto de Antropologíla of the Universidad Nacional de Tucumán .

Second Edition

Three years of use by the staff of the Cross-Cultural Survey (see below), during which time the materials on some ninety societies were processed and classified, revealed certain gaps and other deficiencies in the Outline. These were corrected in a second edition, first issued in a private printing for office use in 1942 and reprinted in 1945 as Volume II of the Yale Anthropological Studies .

Third Edition

During World War II the Outline was extensively used on government projects. Experience in classifying information on complex modern societies, notably the Latin American republics and the Japanese Empire, revealed the desirability of . . .

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