Mandelbaum, David Goodman

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MANDELBAUM, DAVID GOODMAN (1911–1987), U.S. anthropologist. Born in Chicago, he studied at Northwestern and Yale Universities. Mandelbaum joined the faculty of the University of Minnesota and from 1943 to 1946 served in the U.S. Army in India and Burma. In 1946 he moved to the University of California at Berkeley, becoming professor and serving as a director of educational resources in anthropological projects (1959–62). His major interests were the ethnology of Southeast and South Asia, anthropological theory, and applied anthropology. He was one of the first cultural anthropologists to undertake ethnographic research in Burma. In addition to his extensive fieldwork in southern India, he worked with the Plains Cree and Chippewa Indians in the U.S.


His works include The Plains Cree (1940), Soldier Groups and Negro Soldiers (1952), Change and Continuity in Jewish Life (1955), and Society in India (1970). He edited Culture, Language, and Personality (1956) and Resources for the Teaching of Anthropology (1963). add. bibliography: P. Hockings, Dimensions of Social Life: Essays in Honor of David G. Mandelbaum (1987).

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