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Melford Spiro

American anthropologist


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From Wikipedia

Melford Elliot "Mel" Spiro was an American cultural anthropologist specializing in religion and psychological anthropology. He is known for his critiques of the pillars of contemporary anthropological theory—wholesale cultural determinism, radical cultural relativism, and virtually limitless cultural diversity—and for his emphasis on the theoretical importance of unconscious desires and beliefs in the study of stability and change in social and cultural systems, particularly in respect to the family, politics, and religion. Explicated in numerous theoretical publications, they are empirically exemplified in monographs based on his fieldwork in Ifaluk atoll in Micronesia, an Israeli kibbutz, and a village in Burma .

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Harvard University

Private research university in Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States

University of California, San Diego

Public university in La Jolla, California, United States

University of Pennsylvania

Private research university in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Northwestern University

Private research university with campuses in Evanston and Chicago, Illinois, United States

University of Minnesota

Public research university in Minneapolis and Saint Paul, Minnesota, United States

Influence Rankings by Discipline

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#113 World Rank
#248682 World Rank
Religious Studies
#497008 World Rank
#558356 World Rank
Political Science
#609366 World Rank
#810249 World Rank
#1242603 World Rank
#1265763 World Rank
Earth Sciences
#2027134 World Rank
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