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Claude Levi-Strauss at His Centennial Toward a Future Anthropology

Doja, A; (2008) Claude Levi-Strauss at His Centennial Toward a Future Anthropology. THEOR CULT SOC , 25 (7-8) 321 - 340. 10.1177/0263276408097810.

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Abstract

Levi-Strauss's centennial is an opportunity to show his inextricable connections with the evolution of 20th-century thought and what these promise for 21st-century anthropology. He has mapped the philosophical parameters for a renewed ethnography which opens innovative approaches to history, agency, culture and society. The anthropological understanding of history, for instance, is enriched by methodical application of his mytho-logical analysis, in particular his claim that myths are 'machines for the suppression of time'. Levi-Strauss's thought has led to the development of new and invigorated forms of structural analysis, exemplified by the way that his concept of canonical expression has provided the foundation for the sophisticated application of transformational analysis and formalization.

Type:Article
Title:Claude Levi-Strauss at His Centennial Toward a Future Anthropology
DOI:10.1177/0263276408097810
Keywords:agency, cognition, mind, myth, structuralism, structure
UCL classification:UCL > School of Arts and Social Sciences > Faculty of Social and Historical Sciences > Anthropology

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