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Structural Anthropology

ISBN-10: 046509516X
ISBN-13: 9780465095162
Edition: 1963
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Description: The eighteen essays collected in this volume have been selected and ordered to give what Lvi-Strauss terms "a bird's-eye view of the problems of modern ethnology." As representative examples, these essays introduce readers to the methods of  More...

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Book details

List price: $25.00
Copyright year: 1963
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication date: 6/7/1974
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 448
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.056
Language: English

The eighteen essays collected in this volume have been selected and ordered to give what Lvi-Strauss terms "a bird's-eye view of the problems of modern ethnology." As representative examples, these essays introduce readers to the methods of structural anthropology while affording a glimpse into the mind of one of the foremost anthropologists of our time. "Structural Anthropology, Volume II is a diverse collection. [It is] a useful 'sampler' that gives a reader the full range of Lvi-Strauss's interests."-Daniel Bell, New York Times Book Review

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.

Author's Prefaceto the French Edition
Translator's Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction History and Anthropology
Language and Kinship
Structural Analysis in Linguistics and in Anthropology
Language and the Analysis of Social Laws
Linguistics and Anthropology
Postscript to Chapters III and IV
Social Organization
The Concept of Archaism in Anthropology
Social Structures of Central and Eastern Brazil
Do Dual Organizations Exist?
Magic and Religion
The Sorcerer and His Magic
The Effectiveness of Symbols
The Structural Study of Myth
Structure and Dialectics
Art
Split Representation in the Art of Asia and America
The Serpent with Fish inside His Body
Problems of Method and Teaching
Social Structure
Postscript to Chapter XV
The Place of Anthropology in the Social Sciences and Prob�- lems Raised in Teaching It
Acknowledgments
Bibliography
Index

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