Elman Rogers Service

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Elman Rogers Service (May 18, 1915 – November 14, 1996) was an American neo-evolutionary cultural anthropologist, known for his contribution to the development of the modern theory of social evolution. Service made detailed studies of early cultures in Central and South America, focusing on the development of political structure.


  • Tobati: Paraguayan Town, Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press, 1954.
  • Indian-European relations in colonial Latin America American Anthropological Association, 1955.
  • A Profile of Primitive Culture, Harper & Row Publishers, 1958.