Tristes Tropiques

ISBN-10: 0143106252

ISBN-13: 9780143106258

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Description: A milestone in the study of culture from the father of structural anthropology. This watershed work records Claude Lévi-Strauss's search for "a human society reduced to its most basic expression." From the Amazon basin through the dense upland jungles of Brazil, Lévi-Strauss found the societies he was seeking among the Caduveo, Bororo, Nambikwara, and Tupi-Kawahib. More than merely recounting his time in their midst, Tristes Tropiquesplaces the cultural practices of these peoples in a global context and extrapolates a fascinating theory of culture that has given the book an importance far beyond the fields of anthropology and continental philosophy. The author's fresh approach, sense of humor, and openness to the sensuous mystique of the tropics make the scientific thrust of the book eminently accessible.

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Book details

List price: $21.00
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 1/31/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 448
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

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. Levi-Strauss died October 30, 2009.

Patrick Wilcken grew up in Sydney and studied at Goldsmiths College and the Institute of Latin American Studies in London. He has contributed Brazil-related reviews and features to the Times Literary Supplement and the Guardian. He is the author of Empire Adrift: He has spent lengthy periods in Rio de Janeiro and now lives in London with his wife and child.

Introduction and Notes
Translators' Note
Tristes Tropiques
An End to Journeying
Setting Out
On Board Ship
The West Indies
The Quest for Power
Travel Notes
Looking Back
The Making of an Anthropologist
Sunset
The New World
The Doldrums
Guanabara
Crossing the Tropic
Sao Paulo
The Earth and Its Inhabitants
Towns and Countryside
Pioneer Zone
The Magic Carpet
Crowds
Markets
Caduveo
Parana
Pantanal
Nalike
A Native Community and its Life-Style
Bororo
Gold and Diamonds
Virtuous Savages
The Living and the Dead
Nambikwara
The Lost World
In the Sert�o
On the Line
Family Life
A Writing Lesson
Men, Women and Chiefs
Tupi-Kawahib
A Canoe Trip
Robinson Crusoe
In the Forest
The Village of the Crickets
The Farce of the Japim Bird
Amazonia
Seringal
The Return
The Apotheosis of Augustus
A Little Glass of Rum
Taxila
The Kyong
Index
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