Ralph Linton

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Ralph Linton (27 February 1893 – 24 December 1953) was an American anthropologist of the mid-20th century, particularly remembered for his texts The Study of Man (1936) and The Tree of Culture (1955). One of Linton's major contributions to anthropology was defining a distinction between status and role.


  • The Study of Man: an Introduction, New York: Appleton Century, 1936.
    • De l'homme, Paris: Éditions de Minuit, 1967 (French) [1].
  • The Cultural Background of Personality, New York: Appleton Century, 1945.
    • Cultura y Personalidad, trans. Javier Romero, Mexico City: Fondo de Cultura Economica, 1945 (Spanish).
    • Le fondement culturel de la personnalité, Paris : Éditions Dunod, 1977 (French).
    • Fundamentul cultural al personalităţii, Bucureşti: Editura Ştiinţifică, 1968 (Romanian).
  • editor, The Science of Man in the World Crisis, New York: Columbia University Press, 1945.
  • with Paul Wingert and Renè D'Harnoncourt, Arts of the South Seas, illustr. Miguel Covarrubias, New York: Museum of Modern Art, 1946.
  • The Tree of Culture, New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1955.