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A. L. KROEBER. University of California. Search for more papers by this author. First published: April‐June But to Kroeber, the superorganic was actually what made anthropology a science —with its subject matter being the universals and regularities of human. The idea of “The superorganic” is associated with Alfred Kroeber, an American anthropologist writing in the first half of the twentieth century.

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But if the organic causes the mental, the mental does not, then, cause the cultural. Do not anthropomorphise culture. The superorganic is another way of describing —— and understanding —— culture or the socio-cultural system.

In a few cases I have altered verbs and nouns for agreement when deleting text caused them to disagree. How, then, could culture have originated if it is such a unique phenomena? There is today a tremendous amount of material which is open access. Rex, allow me to recommend one of the very first articles I read in anthropology and one to whose lessons, I now realise, I find myself returning all the time.

No longer will you be shackled to Victor Turner now that you can read Kroeber, Sapir, and Goldenweiser!

Kroeber sees the organic and the mental as being very closely connected — indeed, he argues that intelligence may be genetically determined. But Supdrorganic may beat me to it.

If you copy text from this site, please acknowledge the author s and link it back to cec. Race, Language, Culture, Psychology, and Prehistory. Similarly, the dog, if seen as a biological system, operates at a higher complexity than the inorganic elements which comprise it.


Similarly, do not think of a community, an institution, a society as a human being.

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Both Darwin and Wallace imagined evolution, and neither would have been accepted if society was not ready for the idea. Superodganic are carried by individuals.

So hard to find good materials that draw students into particular debates or key ideas. This is of course a highly ambiguous situation, in essence forcing people to live in imposed isolation. Originally published in in American Anthropologistthe article drew important responses from Edward Sapir and Alexander Goldenweiser. Since you know well the Lowie collection at Berkeley, are there any texts that might be available online? Please feel free to share it widely, including dumping it in whatever archive works for you.

The current approach is to protect isolated peoples as much as possible, to initiate contact only as a last resort. Key Words Modules Sociology: The links are symbolic, not genetic as in biological systems.

By cleaning and curating a selection of open access, I hope to make open access resources better known and to raise awareness of the actual history of anthropological theory. This position anticipates current work on culture as an emergent phenomena. There are no superior races. Predictably, Kroeber argues that organic racial difference cannot affect the growth of civilization.

The Mashco-Piro and the dilemmas of isolation and contact Cantor and Smith: It is indeed a very tricky situation, especially since Superorganiv lacks the kind of organized institution with clear policies and relevant experience such as FUNAI in Brazil.


What, then, is his argument?

“The Superorganic,” or Kroeber’s hidden agenda.

I have cut it down to just under 8, And if a culture is ready for an innovation, then anyone with above average intelligence may be able to invent it.

Rather, culture operates on its own level of ghe. The arrangement makes them alive. Please feel free to share widely! And frankly, once must already know what is in it in order to know it is worth finding in the first place. I hope that this will become one of a series of papers which present early anthropological theory in a form that is accessible to everyone. With regard to isolated peoples, each South American country has its own unique and varied history with regards to indigenous peoples and their rights, and these varied historical policies directly affect their kroeer to the specific case of isolated peoples.

But much of the blame can be laid at the feet of Kroeber himself.

In it, I will present a series of open access, curated texts from the history of anthropological theory.