George Peter Murdock (1897-1985) was Andrew Mellon Professor of Social Anthropology at the University of Pittsburgh.
"A distillate of the research and theory of a major figure in
contemporary American anthropology. . . . A partial list of the
topics discussed in particular papers illustrates Murdock's breadth
of interest: waging baseball on Truk; anthropology and public
health; political moieties among southeastern American Indians and
North African Berbers and in modern democratic states; universal
features of culture; Haida rank and potlatch; cultural evolution;
and cross-language parallels in parental kin terms."
"Because of the celebrity achieved by his book Social
Structure (1949) and by the Human Relations Area Files from which
it derived, Professor Murdock's future reputation is likely to be
especially associated with a particular style in cross-cultural
comparison. This book is a valuable reminder that Six-Gun Pete has
had other aces up his sleeve."
"Recommended as pleasant and stimulating reading for
sociologists and other social scientists who wish to increase their
knowledge and understanding in broad areas of culture and
--American Sociological Review
"These twenty-four essays and articles by George Murdock
cover almost the entire range of cultural anthropology. . . .
Revealing the development of Dr. Murdock's theoretical orientation,
the range of his interests, and the variety of his contributions,
these essays should be of interest to the layman as well as the
student of culture."