Structural Anthropology, Volume 2

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University of Chicago Press, Feb 15, 1983 - Social Science - 383 pages
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The eighteen essays collected in this volume have been selected and ordered to give what LÚvi-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 LÚvi-Strauss's interests."—Daniel Bell, New York Times Book Review

 

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User Review  - Andrew - Goodreads

I got my BA almost ten years ago and only just got around to this anthropology classic. Well, better late than never I guess. I can see how a lot of the courses I took drew on some of LS's fundamentals, even if we only superficially covered him. Read full review

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User Review  - Dragos - Goodreads

LÚvi-Strauss changed the face of anthropology with his seminal conference collection turned book. Though anthropology has moved past structuralism this remains a must read book that sheds light into the perceived and neglected (at least before L.-S.) 'structure' of society. Read full review

Contents

The Scope of Anthropology
3
JeanJacques Rousseau founder of the Sciences of Man
33
What Ethnology Owes to Durkheim
44
The Work of the Bureau of American Ethnology and Its Lessons
49
Comparative Religions of Nonliterate Peoples
60
SOCIAL ORGANIZATION
69
The Meaning and Use of the Notion of Model
71
Reflections on the Atom of Kinship
82
The Sex of the Sun and Moon
211
Mushrooms in Culture Apropos of a Book by R G Wasson
222
Relations of Symmetry Between Rituals and Myths of Neighboring Peoples
238
How Myths Die
256
HUMANISM AND THE HUMANITIES
269
Answers to Some Investigations
271
Scientific Criteria in the Social and Human Disciplines
288
Cultural Discontinuity and Economic and Social Development
312

MYTHOLOGY AND RITUAL
113
Structure and Form Reflections on a Work by Vladimir Propp
115
The Story of Asdiwal
146
Four Winnebago Myths
198
Race and History
323
Bibliography
363
Index
373
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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.

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