Tristes Tropiques (Google eBook)

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Penguin, Jan 31, 2012 - History - 448 pages
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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 Tropiques places 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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User Review  - Thomas Johnson - Goodreads

Claude Levi-Strauss (1908-2008) was a renowned French anthropologist and practitioner of Structuralism. From 1935-'39, he traveled to Brazil to teach sociology at the University of Sao Paulo, during ... Read full review

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User Review  - Shivaji Das - Goodreads

A legendary book from the legend, this travelogue came a decade before travel writing became more organized and formula driven. At most time, the book seems like sophisticated rambling, hinting at a ... Read full review


Translators Note
1 Setting Out
2 On Board Ship
3 The West Indies
4 The Quest for Power
20 A Native Community and its LifeStyle
21 Gold and Diamonds
22 Virtuous Savages
23 The Living and the Dead
24 The Lost World
25 In the Sertão
26 On the Line
27 Family Life

5 Looking Back
6 The Making of an Anthropologist
7 Sunset
8 The Doldrums
9 Guanabara
10 Crossing the Tropic
11 São Paulo
12 Towns and Countryside
13 Pioneer Zone
14 The Magic Carpet
15 Crowds
16 Markets
17 Parana
18 Pantanal
19 Nalike
28 A Writing Lesson
29 Men Women and Chiefs
30 A Canoe Trip
31 Robinson Crusoe
32 In the Forest
33 The Village of the Crickets
34 The Farce of the Japim Bird
35 Amazonia
36 Seringal
37 The Apotheosis of Augustus
38 A Little Glass of Rum
39 Taxila
40 The Kyong

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Claude Levi-Strauss (1908-2009), the founder of structural anthropology, was born in Belgium and studied at the University of Paris. A member of the French Academy, he authored numerous works, including Structural Anthropology, The Savage Mind, and Myth and Meaning.
Patrick Wilcken is the author of Claude Levi-Strauss: The Father of Modern Anthropology. He lives in London.
John Weightman (1915-2004) and Doreen Weightman (d. 1985) together translated several important anthropological works of Claude Levi-Strauss and a book about Rousseau by Jean Guehenno.

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