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Claude Lévi-Strauss
The Formative Years


  • Date Published: February 2003
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521816410


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  • Lévi-Strauss is one of the major intellectual figures of the twentieth century. His theory of structuralism has been influential not only in anthropology, but across the entire field of the humanities and social sciences. This book looks at the formative period of his career, from the 1940s to the early 1960s, where he attempts to define both his own place in anthropology and the place of anthropology in the wider context of the human sciences in France. Through a close reading of key texts, Christopher Johnson provides an introduction to key aspects of Lévi-Strauss' thought, at the same time posing more general questions concerning the construction of theory and the different modes of conceptualization that inform theory. Johnson looks at the ideological and autobiographical dimensions of Lévi-Strauss' work, and demonstrates how the impact of structuralism as an intellectual movement has clearly been greater than the sum of its theoretical parts.

    • Original and detailed examination of the early career of Claude Lévi-Strauss, the most celebrated of twentieth-century anthropologists and intellectuals
    • Places Lévi-Strauss' ideas firmly within their historical and intellectual context
    • Important introduction to key aspects of Lévi-Strauss' thought - of interest to students and teachers of anthropology as well as specialists
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    Product details

    • Date Published: February 2003
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521816410
    • length: 220 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 16 mm
    • weight: 0.5kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction: before and after structuralism
    1. The place of anthropology
    2. The model of exchange
    3. From kinship to myth
    4. Structuralism and humanism
    5. Anthropology and autobiography
    Conclusion: the will to coherence.

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Anthropological Theory and Practice
  • Author

    Christopher Johnson, University of Nottingham
    CHRISTOPHER JOHNSON is Professor of French at the University of Nottingham.

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