Claude Levi-Strauss: A Critical Study of His Thought

Claude Levi-Strauss: A Critical Study of His Thought

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ISBN-13: 9781784787073
Publisher: Verso Books
Publication date: 08/07/2018
Pages: 560
Sales rank: 1,282,189
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.70(d)

About the Author

Maurice Godelier is Professor of Anthropology at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris. His publications include Rationality and Irrationality in Economics, The Mental and the Material, The Making of Great Men, The Enigma of the Gift, In and Out of the West, and The Metamorphoses of Kinship.

Table of Contents

Preface ix

Part 1 Kinship 1

1 The Beginnings (1943-1945): What Came Before The Elementary Structures of Kinship 7

2 The Elementary Structures of Kinship (New York, 1947; Paris, 1949) 14

3 The Elementary Structures of Kinship: Complements (1949-1959) 107

Introduction to the Work of Marcel Mauss (1950) 109

'The Notion of Social Structure in Anthropology' (1952) 111

Letter to the Editor-in-Chief of La Nouvelle Critique (1955) 116

'The Family' (1956) 117

'Le problème des relations de parenté' (1959) 120

4 The Invention of Semi-Complex Systems (1965-1973) 125

'The Future of Kinship Studies' (1965) 125

Preface to the Second Edition of The Elementary Structures of Kinship (1967) 153

'Reflections on the Atom of Kinship' (1973) 160

5 The Concept of 'House': Theory Makes New Strides (1976-1987) 169

6 Final Texts (1983-2000) 197

'Cross-Readings' (1983) 197

'On Marriage between Clos'e Kin' (1983) 198

The Second of the Three Tokyo Lectures (1986) 203

'La sexualité féminine et l'origine de la société' (1995) 207

'Le retour de l'oncle maternel' (1997) 211

'Apologue des amibes' (2000) 213

Postface to 'Question de parenté' (2000) 218

7 Taking Stock - I 224

Part 2 Myths And Mythic Thought 237

8 The Major Steps in Lévi-Strauss's Elaboration of His Concepts, Method and Hypotheses (1952-1962) 246

'The Structural Study of Myth' (1955) 248

'Structure and Dialectic' (1956) 251

'The Story of Asdiwal' (1958) 253

'Four Winnebago Myths: A Structural Sketch' (1960) 258

'Structure and Form. Reflections on a Work by Vladimir Propp' (1960) 260

Totemism (1962) 265

The Savage Mind (1962) 272

9 The Mythology Series (1964-1971) 307

At the Outset, the Misadventures of a Bird-Nester Threatened with Death 309

From the Paraguay River to Oregon, from the Bororo to the Salish 321

Rose Curves 334

10 Toolkit for the Structural Analysis of Myths 338

11 The Components of Myths 351

The Armature 351

Codes, Vocabularies and Syntaxes 352

Axes 354

Mythemes and Mythical Schemata 357

Mythic Schema, Message and Semantic Function 363

12 The Operations of the Myth-Producing Mind 368

Empirical Deduction and Transcendental Deduction 374

The Canonical Formula of Myths and Its Destiny 380

Myth and Ritual 406

Myth and Society 422

13 The Three Steps in the Structural Analysis of Myths 448

Compiling an Ethnographic and Historical File 449

Undertaking the Formal Analysis 451

Moving on to the Semantic Analysis 451

The Triumph of Structural Analysis and the Analyst's Pride 456

14 Taking Stock - II 479

By Way of a Conclusion 485

Appendixes

I Toolkit for the Structural Analysis of Myths 493

II Principal Empirical Binary Oppositions Present in the Amerindian Myths 495

III Table of Origin Myths Present in the Mythology Series 498

IV Myths with Human-Animal-Plant Transformations 503

V Itinerary of the Bird-Nester Myth (from the Bororo to the Salish) 507

VI Location of Tribes and Ethnic Groups 508

Bibliography 511

Acknowledgements 528

Indexes

Index of Names 529

Index of Subjects 534

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