George Peter Murdock

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George Peter Murdock (May 11, 1897 – March 29, 1985) was an American anthropologist who pioneered the cross-cultural analytical method.


  • Our Primitive Contemporaries, New York: The Macmillan Company, 1934, IA.
  • editor, Studies in the Science of Society, New Haven: Yale University Press, 1937.
  • with C.S. Ford, A.E. Hudson, R. Kennedy, L. W. Simmons, and J.W.M. Whiting, Outline of Cultural Materials, New Haven: Institute of Human Relations, 1938; 2n edition, New Haven: Yale Anthropological Studies, 1945.
  • Social organization of Truk, Albuquerque, NM: University of New Mexico Press, 1947.
  • Social structure, New York/ London: The Macmillan Company, Collier-Macmillan Limited, 1949; 1965, OL.
  • Africa: Its peoples and their culture history, New York: McGraw-Hill, 1959.
  • Ethnographic Atlas: A Summary, Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 1967, PDF, IA, OL.
  • Atlas of World Cultures, Pittsburgh: The University of Pittsburgh Press, 1981.