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Leslie A. White: Evolution and Revolution in Anthropology Hardcover – May 1 2004


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  • Hardcover: 292 pages
  • Publisher: University of Nebraska Press (May 1 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0803236816
  • ISBN-13: 978-0803236813
  • Product Dimensions: 23.7 x 16 x 3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 590 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,255,785 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The biography's strength is in explicating White's views in the context of his personal experiences and his engagement in politics, both ideological and academic. Peace avoids adulation, despite sympathy to White's lifelong struggles; the book sagely illustrates a controversial figure in American anthropology. It will interest political scientists and historians of intellectual ideas as well as anthropologists."—Choice


“An illuminating portrait of a complex figure whose ideas were ahead of their time—one whose critical role in the recent history of anthropology has been too little appreciated as other theoretical currents have gained sway.”—American Ethnologist


“William Peace is to be congratulated for dealing with a set of complex issues and dilemmas which pervaded a very complex personality. As both an intellectual historian and anthropologist, Peace’s scholarship is impeccable, and his footnotes are as interesting as the text.”—Journal of Anthropological Research


“William Peace has provided a thoroughly documented and carefully balanced biography of Leslie A. White.”—The Michigan Historical Review


“Peace’s biography is a fine contribution in a number of respects.”—Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences


"Peace's biography of Leslie White. . . . is a welcome contribution to the history of anthropology."—Left History

About the Author

William J. Peace is an independent scholar and lives in Katonah, New York. He has a PhD in anthropology from Columbia University.

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Format: Hardcover
In Peace's preface he writes of anthropology's historians Geo Stocking and Dick Handler "failures to consider the political beliefs and actions" of the anthropologists they chronicle--a charge that well summarizes the central devastating shortcoming of the history of anthropology for the past 30 years. This biography goes a long ways towards suggesting how anthropologists can reintegrate politics back into their disciplinary histories. Peace builds an interesting historical account of White and establishes the deep impact of Marx and socialism on White's life and theory.
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Author Peace has done a masterful job in exploring the work of this eccentric and complicated anthropoligist.
His work and personality are examined and startling facts sensitively revealed.
It is well written, informative and shows a true understanding of the man's personality and brillaint theories.
Well worth reading!
Kathy Boncuk
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Greatly Appreciated! Nov. 26 2007
By Frederick J. Harris - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
My gratitude to Dr. Peace for writing this biography of Leslie A. White is tremendous. I am not a professional in the social sciences, although I discovered Leslie White's writings in the early 1970's while attending college. To say they intrigued me is an understatement. On and off through my whole life I studied White's writings, and followed up on many of his sources, such as Emile Durkheim.

Not being a professional in the social sciences, and being so 'taken in' by White's theories and rhetoric, I wondered considerably about how White's writings were received in his own field, that is anthropology. In my questioning of various professors I learned that White was 'a Marxist', and left unsaid was the supposition that 'therefore - should be disregarded'. This never set well with me, as I was totally convinced of the validity of his arguements, irregardless of their ultimate intellectual source.

Basically, I read this book from cover to cover in two or three days over the Thanksgiving holiday of 2007. It answered all my questions about Leslie White. It portrays the picture of a brilliant man pursuing in single minded determination his desire to understand the human condition. I'd very highly recommend this book to anyone like myself who wishes to understand and learn about this brilliant man. Thank you very much Dr. Peace!
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Towards ending the history of anthropology coverup April 9 2004
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
In Peace's preface he writes of anthropology's historians Geo Stocking and Dick Handler "failures to consider the political beliefs and actions" of the anthropologists they chronicle--a charge that well summarizes the central devastating shortcoming of the history of anthropology for the past 30 years. This biography goes a long ways towards suggesting how anthropologists can reintegrate politics back into their disciplinary histories. Peace builds an interesting historical account of White and establishes the deep impact of Marx and socialism on White's life and theory.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Fascinating biography March 26 2004
By Kathy Boncuk - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Author Peace has done a masterful job in exploring the work of this eccentric and complicated anthropoligist.
His work and personality are examined and startling facts sensitively revealed.
It is well written, informative and shows a true understanding of the man's personality and brillaint theories.
Well worth reading!
Kathy Boncuk
Not fond of Leslie White but an essential biography Sept. 19 2013
By Rosemary - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
The book is lovely. I'm not a fan of Leslie White but I still look forward to reading Peace's book.
LESLIE WHITE - REVOLUTIONARY ANTHROPOLOGIST Sept. 15 2012
By Pauline Kaldelli - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Kudos to Wm. Peace for undertaking the difficult biography of American Anthropologist Leslie A. White. Long a controversial figure, Prof. White stimulated the field for 35 years from his position at the University of Michigan. His name elicits highly charged and mixed reactions, and his Marxist leanings also colored his influence in the field. He was, however, always in the forefront of this developing science. Dr. Peace has produced a thorough and unbiased work in presenting the many sides of this complicated figure in Academia. As a student of White's in the '60's, I enjoyed studying under his influence, majored in Anthropology, and to this day attribute to him my understanding of culture and evolution.


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