Structural Anthropology

Structural Anthropology

Structural Anthropology

Structural Anthropology

Synopsis

The eighteen essays collected in this volume have been selected and ordered to give what Lévi-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 Lévi-Strauss's interests."-Daniel Bell, New York Times Book Review

Excerpt

For the past decade and a half, Claude Lévi- Strauss has been the most influential anthropological theorist in France. He has attracted a large following in Europe and evoked wide interest in the United States. Standing in the mainstream of the French sociological school, he has carried Durkheim's and Mauss's theories to a totally new level of conceptualization.

This book, first published in France in 1958, is a collection of papers, written between 1944 and 1957, which constitute what Lévi-Strauss regards as his most representative work. More than any of his other writings, Structural Anthropology offers a comprehensive view of Lévi-Strauss's theories.

Each of these papers is a self-contained whole in which he applies the structural method to particular problems and data. Lévi Strauss is primarily concerned with universals, that is, basic social and mental processes of which cultural institutions are the concrete external projections or manifestations. Anthropology should be a . . .

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