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The Anthropological Circle
Symbol, Function, History


Part of Cambridge Studies in Social and Cultural Anthropology

  • Date Published: January 1982
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521285483

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  • Anthropology is both outside of history and within it. Histories of anthropology tend to summarise particular authors' intellectual differences; but, as Marc Augé argues in this book, first published in English in 1982, these differences may in fact be intrinsically derived from intellectual divisions within anthropology as obvious as they are irreconcilable. Augé identifies, in contemporary debates in French anthropology, the paths that perhaps allow us to transcend these oppositions. On doing so, he explores and clarifies the relationship that anthropology enjoys with history, on the intellectual plane, and with politics, on the historical plane. His argument is stimulating and challenging, and will interest all social anthropologists and sociologists concerned with the theoretical foundations of their disciplines, as well as demonstrating to historians and political scientists what anthropology has to offer them.

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    Product details

    • Date Published: January 1982
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521285483
    • length: 140 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 8 mm
    • weight: 0.22kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction: anthropology without history or anthropology in history?
    1. The anthropological circle: i. Two axes and four poles
    ii. Evolution, culture, symbol
    iii. Evolution, culture, function
    iv. Symbol, function
    v. Symbol, function, culture
    vi. Culture, symbol
    2. Some questions concerning the current state of anthropology: i. The philosopher's questions
    ii. Meaning, non-meaning and structure: Claude Lévi-Strauss
    iii. Symbol and function: Victor Turner
    iv. Instances and determination
    3. From moral crisis to intellectual doubt: i. The object of anthropology
    ii. Ethnocentrism and anti-ethnocentrism
    iii. Scientific practice, militant practice
    Conclusions: i. New sites, new stakes
    ii. Here, today
    iii. Social logics
    iv. A myth, a necessity: interdisciplinarity

  • Author

    Marc Augé


    Martin Thom

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