A Dimensional Model of Multilinear Sociocultural Evolution
Article first published online: 28 OCT 2009
1969 American Anthropological Association
Volume 71, Issue 5, pages 864–870, October 1969
How to Cite
BOWDEN, E. (1969), A Dimensional Model of Multilinear Sociocultural Evolution. American Anthropologist, 71: 864–870. doi: 10.1525/aa.1969.71.5.02a00060
- Issue published online: 28 OCT 2009
- Article first published online: 28 OCT 2009
- Accepted for publication 1 November 1968.
Thurstone's latent-distance method was used to find the coordinates of fifty-five societies in a three-dimensional space that has level of sociocultural development as its principal axis. By assuming that the most probable evolutionary precursor of any society was of a type represented by the society at a lower level of development that showed the greatest similarity to it, societies were linked to form a branched evolutionary “tree.” Its structure supported the postulate of multilinear sociocultural evolution and suggested its sequence and dynamics in three main lines of development up to the level of early civilization.