This is a review of Leslie White and his three key works.
Leslie Alvin White was born in Colorado in 1900. An advocate of social evolution at a time when it had virtually disappeared from anthropology, following its rejection by Franz Boas and his students. His affirmation of evolutionism, his materialist-utilitarian interpretation of custom, and his call for a science of culture are the pillars of his scholarly reputation. White first attended Louisiana State University before transferring to Columbia University where he received a Bachelors Degree (1923) and a Masters Degree (1924) in Psychology. Though he never took a course from Boas, he was…
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