Robert Harry Lowie

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Lowie, Robert Harry


Born June 12, 1883, in Vienna; died Sept. 21, 1957, in Berkeley, Calif. American ethnologist. Professor at the University of California from 1921 to 1950.

Lowie conducted field investigations among numerous American Indian tribes and devoted a series of monographs to them. He was a representative of the antievolutionist historical school in ethnology but toward the end of his life departed considerably from his former views and recognized the scientific importance of the principal concepts of historical materialism.


Primitive Society. New York, 1920.
Primitive Religion. New York, 1924.
Social Organization. London, 1950.


Averkieva, Iu. P. “Sovremennye tendentsii v razvitii etnografii SShA.” In the collection Sovremennaia amerikanskaia etnografiia. Moscow, 1963.
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