SINGER, Milton Borah

SINGER, Milton Borah. Poland 15.7.1912 — N.Y. 5.12.1994, when 82. U.S. Anthropologist of India. Born in a Jewish family in Poland, soon emigrated to the U.S.A. From 1920 in Detroite, 1921 naturalized. Studies of psychology (B.A. 1934) and philosophy (M.A. 1936) ant University of Texas in Austin. Ph.D. 1940 Chicago (under Carnap, diss. on mathematical logic). From 1941 Social Science Instructor, from 1954 Professor of Anthropology at University of Chicago, emeritus 1979. Married. Several periods of fieldwork in India, in 1953-54, 1960-61 and 1964. Interested in semiotic anthropology and in the transition to modern society.

Publications: Edited: Traditional India: structure and change. 332 p. 1959; Krishna: Myths, Rites, and Attitudes. 277 p. Honolulu 1966.

When a Great Tradition Modernizes. An Anthropological Approach to Indian Civilization. 34+430 p. Chicago 1972.

Man’s glassy essence: Explorations in semiotic anthropology. Bloomington 1984.

Nuclear policy, culture and history. Chicago 1988.


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