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    Six Lectures on Sound and Meaning

    ISBN-10: 0262600102
    ISBN-13: 9780262600101
    Edition: N/A
    Description: Preface by C. Leacute;vi-Strauss
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    Publisher: MIT Press
    Publication Date: 9/30/1981
    Binding: Paperback
    Pages: 136
    Size: 1.00" wide x 8.00" long x 1.00" tall
    Weight: 0.990
    Language: English

    Preface by C. Leacute;vi-Strauss

    Claude Levi-Strauss, a French anthropologist, was the founder of structural anthropology. This theoretical position assumes that there are structural propensities in the human mind that lead unconsciously toward categorization of physical and social objects, hence such book titles as The Raw and the Cooked (1964) and such expositions of his work by others as The Unconscious in Culture and Elementary Structures Reconsidered. According to Levi-Strauss, the models of society that scholars create are often dual in nature:status-contract (Maine): Gemeinschaft-Gesellschaft (Tonnies); mechanical-organic solidarity (Durkheim); folk-urban (Redfield); universalism-particularism (Parsons); and local-cosmopolitan (Merton). Levi-Strauss's writings---some of which have been described by Clifford Geertz as "theoretical treatises set out as travelogues"---have been enormously influential throughout the scholarly world. George Steiner has described him, along with Freud (see also Vol. 5) and Marx (see also Vol. 4), as one of the major architects of the thought of our times.

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