Leslie White

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Leslie Alvin White (January 19, 1900 – March 31, 1975) was an American anthropologist known for his advocacy of theories of cultural evolution, Neoevolutionism, and for the scientific study of culture that he named "culturology".


  • 1949. The Science of Culture: A study of man and civilization, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1949.
  • The Evolution of Culture: The Development of Civilization to the Fall of Rome, Left Coast Press, 1959.
  • Ethnological Essays: Selected Essays of Leslie A. White, University of New Mexico Press, 1987.