Structural Anthropology

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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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780226474915
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press
  • Publication date: 3/1/1983
  • Series: Structural Anthropology Series
  • Edition description: University of Chicago Press ed
  • Pages: 383
  • Product dimensions: 6.08 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Claude Lévi-Strauss is a member of the Académie Française and has occupied the chair of social anthropology at the Collège de France. He is the author of numerous books, including Structural Anthropology, The Raw and the Cooked, The Origin of Table Manners, and The View from Afar.

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Table of Contents

Author's Preface
Translator's Preface
List of Figures
Part One - Perspective Views
I. The Scope of Anthropology
II. Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Founder of the Sciences of Man
III. What Ethnology Owes to Durkheim
IV. The Work of the Bureau of American Ethnology and Its Lessons
V. Comparative Religions of Nonliterate Peoples
Part Two - Social Organization
VI. The Meaning and Use of the Notion of Model
VII. Reflections on the Atom of Kinship
Part Three - Mythology and Ritual
VIII. Structure and Form: Reflections on a Work by Vladimir Propp
IX. The Story of Asdiwal
X. Four Winnebago Myths
XI. The Sex of the Sun and Moon
XII. Mushrooms in Culture: Apropos of a Book by R. G. Wasson
XIII. Relations of Symmetry Between Rituals and Myths of Neighboring Peoples
XIV.  How Myths Die
Part Four - Humanism and the Humanities
XV. Answers to Some Investigations
XVI. Scientific Criteria in the Social and Human Disciplines
XVII. Cultural Discontinuity and Economic and Social Development
XVIII. Race and History

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