Goldenweiser, Alexander Alexandrovich

Goldenweiser, Alexander Alexandrovich

(1880–1940) cultural anthropologist; born in Kiev, Russia. The son of a lawyer who brought his family to America in 1900, he graduated from Columbia University in 1902, studied with Franz Boas, and received a Ph.D. in 1910. He helped launch the multivolume Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences, and lectured and wrote on race, sex, cultural diffusion, and psychoanalysis, but he never held a full-time academic post. His principal works were Early Civilization (1922) and History, Psychology and Culture (1933).
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