Claude Levi-Strauss and the Making of Structural Anthropology Marcel Hénaff

ISBN: 9780816627608

Published: April 1st 1998

Hardcover

292 pages


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Claude Levi-Strauss and the Making of Structural Anthropology  by  Marcel Hénaff

Claude Levi-Strauss and the Making of Structural Anthropology by Marcel Hénaff
April 1st 1998 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, audiobook, mp3, ZIP | 292 pages | ISBN: 9780816627608 | 6.14 Mb

The most comprehensive, precise, and up-to-date account of the work of Claude Levi-Strauss yet written (and Levi-Strausss favorite presentation of his own work), this book offers an unparalleled view of the thought of the man who single-handedlyMoreThe most comprehensive, precise, and up-to-date account of the work of Claude Levi-Strauss yet written (and Levi-Strausss favorite presentation of his own work), this book offers an unparalleled view of the thought of the man who single-handedly reinvented anthropology.

With close attention to the wide range of knowledge that informs Levi-Strausss work, Marcel Henaff has written an authoritative and accessible analysis of Levi-Strausss research in anthropological theory and practice as well as his contributions to the debates surrounding linguistics, epistemology, ethics, and aesthetics.The book begins with a clear explication of the concept of structure, both demonstrating the relevance and defining the limits of the structural approach to the social sciences.

Henaffs focus, like that of his subject, is social anthropology. Within this field, he gives painstaking attention to three areas that distinguish Levi-Strausss work: kinship systems, systems of classification, and mythologies. His discussion moves from broad questions such as What differentiates historical societies from those called primitive?

to particular ones, such as What does Levi-Strauss mean by symbolism? totemism? wild thought?From these topics, Henaff goes on to consider general philosophical issues concerning the theoretical status of anthropology and the cultural status of the anthropologist. In light of Levi-Strausss work, he looks at ideas about the universality of the human mind and logical categories, the representation of time in oral cultures and their relation to history, and the responsibility of Western societies to now-vanishing oral cultures.

An extensive chronology and detailedbibliography present a valuable overview of Levi-Strausss career.As debates surrounding structuralism subside, and as anthropology continues to transform itself, this book at last affords a broad and balanced account of the remarkable accomplishments of one of the great intellectual innovators of the twentieth century.



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