- Shopping Bag ( 0 items )
Edmund Leach is widely regarded as the outstanding figure in Cambridge archaeology in the second half of the twentieth century, and as one of the leading social anthropologists of his generation. Stanley Tambiah's intellectual biography covers his professional career and reviews his writings. The work is organized chronologically—providing an introductory assessment as well as a closing portrait. Two brief chapters discuss Leach's early years, but the bulk of the book deals with his anthropological projects.
1. Edmund Leach (1910-1989): Achievements; 2. Childhood and youth; 3. Apprenticeship and the Second World War; 4. The anthropologist at work: teacher and theorist; 5. The Political Systems of Highland Burma; 6. The Frontiers of Burma; 7. Pul Eliya: the challenge to the descent group theory; 8. Hydraulic Society in Ceylon: contesting Wittfogel's thesis and Sri Lankan mytho-history; 9. The engagement with structuralism; 10. The comparativist stance: us and them; 11. The Structural Analysis of Biblical Narratives (with illustrations); 12. Anthropology of art and architecture (with illustrations); 13. Individuals, social persons and masquerade; 14. Leach and Levi Strauss: similarities and differences; 15. A Runaway World?; 16. British anthropology and colonialism: challenge and response; 17. Retrospective assessment and rethinking anthropology; 18. The work of sustaining institutions; 19. Retirement, retrospection and final illness; Bibliography.