The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 52, July 1948 - April, 1949 Page: 482
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
basic theme which is elaborated throughout his discussion: only
anthropology has attempted "to grasp the similarities that under-
lie the different ways of life of human groups that must be under-
stood if, in an age of expanding communications, adjustment be-
tween nations is to be achieved. This adjustment can only be
reached, however, if mankind is considered in the broadest view,
with a respect for differences and with a minimum of that mili-
tant centering on self and group, called ethnocentrism, that has
been so great a bar to the creation of a functioning world society."
Following an introductory discussion of the scope of anthro-
pology, Herskovits concentrates on the heart of anthropolgy: cul-
ture. In sequence, he describes the nature of culture, its materials,
its structure, and its manifold aspects. In concluding chapters,
he discusses the more theoretical subjects of "Cultural Dynamics"
and "Cultural Variation." While indicating that this material is
intended primarily for the advanced student, Herskovits readily
admits that students are interested in theory and capable of
handling it much sooner than is often believed.
In conclusion, the author states "A Theory of Culture" and
discusses "Anthropology in a World Society." While no anthro-
pologist claims to have the only solutions to world problems, it
is interesting that Herskovits has joined, and perhaps surpassed,
other recent text authors in stressing that anthropology is not
the study of "long ago and far away." On the contrary, anthro-
pology has something of definite value to offer in the modern
CHARLES H. LANGE
The University of Texas
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