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Structural Anthropology

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The “structural method,” first set forth in this epoch-making book, changed the very face of social anthropology. This reissue of a classic will reintroduce readers to Lévi-Strauss’s understanding of man and society in terms of individuals—kinship, social organization, religion, mythology, and art.
Paperback, 448 pages
Published June 7th 1974 by Basic Books (first published 1958)
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Apr 11, 2013 Cărăşălu rated it really liked it
This collection of Levi-Strauss' essays, studies and polemic articles often has a manifesto-like tone. However, the chapters vary in style and substance. Some are more ethnographical, others (more numerous) are more theoretical and have a programmatic character. Although Levi-Strauss' analyses are highly competent and thorough and his position supported by solid and sound arguments, I find it hard to subscribe to the approach to anthropology that he advocates. He is a proponent of anthropology b ...more
Dec 29, 2008 Andrew added it
Shelves: anthropology
Yes yes, I know this is a remarkably important book, but it was a slog, and a slog I tended to disagree with. While I admire the tenacity of his research and I admire the historical step of applying Saussure's linguistic method to culture, I can't help but be annoyed by Levi-Strauss' hard-line structuralism. Seriously, the chapter on the structure of myth pissed me off.
Anthony D Buckley
Dec 24, 2008 Anthony D Buckley rated it it was amazing
Shelves: anthropology
This is just a masterpiece. Particularly his study of myth in this book is just astonishing. His study of myth in Structural Anthropology II is even more astonishing.
Firas Jabbour
Dec 18, 2014 Firas Jabbour rated it really liked it
الأنتروبولوجيا البنيوية أحد الكتب المميزة جداً جداً التي قرأتها هذا العام..
الجانب النظري أو التنظيري كان معقداً في إطار البحث عن المنهج وعلاقته بمناهج العلوم الأخرى فكانت الطروحات والنقاشات دقيقة للغاية إلا أن الاستشهاد بحالات كان أغلبها من نصوص ميثولوجية كندية أو أسترالية أو أميركية (هندية) ترك فجوة إدراك لمحيط النموذج المطلوب سبره..
كتاب مميز وملهم ويستحق قراءة متأنية للغاية..
Oct 20, 2014 Dragos rated it really liked it
Shelves: anthropology
Lévi-Strauss changed the face of anthropology with his seminal conference collection turned book. Though anthropology has moved past structuralism this remains a must read book that sheds light into the perceived and neglected (at least before L.-S.) 'structure' of society.
Feb 02, 2016 Maria rated it liked it
Struggled a bit with the unexpected complexity of Structural Anthropology by Claude Levi Strauss. Besides making culture in my head all jumbled up with different hypothesis about it, it also made me be completely fascinated by the first field anthropologists.
Mar 18, 2014 Jim rated it liked it
This is one of those books that is more edifying than entertaining. I have a much better appreciation for all social sciences having read this book, and I do recommend it, if you have any curiosity about this discipline, at all.
Suncan Stone
Sep 20, 2015 Suncan Stone rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: french, anthropology
A good Introduction to structural (and other types of) anthropology (I am sure Claude would hate me for saying that). I think the only downside is that it is one of the founding texts of anthropology, which means it is a bit outdated (some chapters in the book were written as articles in the 40s, and since then anthropology has evolved in leaps). But, yes, a classic, so if you are interested in anthropology is is a must read. (Even tough I wrote at the beginning it is an introduction to..., I gu ...more
Apr 28, 2015 Ikhlas rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
اهم الافكار
Alexandra Brovco
I feel like such a butt giving this book a one star, but it's not that the book is bad -- it's not. It's just that I didn't like it, precisely what the * rating says.

I'm thankful, though. Made me realise that Anthropology is not for me, despite all the other allure of this course.
Jun 01, 2007 C. rated it liked it
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A classic no doubt, but flawed in its rigid use of structure and not enough recognition of the organic/fluid nature of societal evolution. Also completely atheist. Careful reading makes this a good study but not recommended for the average layperson.
Nov 26, 2014 Andrew rated it really liked it
Shelves: anthropology, reread
I got my B.A. almost ten years ago and only just got around to this anthropology classic. Well, better late than never I guess. I can see how a lot of the courses I took drew on some of L-S's fundamentals, even if we only superficially covered him.
Jan 06, 2014 Ta added it
Trudno to w ogóle ocenić. Czasem trzeba nadrobić dziury w wykształceniu.
Olivier Boucher
Jul 06, 2013 Olivier Boucher rated it really liked it
Shelves: anthropologie
Great, bu tiedious book for the beginner of anthropology. The first half of the book might be a bit arid, but the second half in simply great. A must read for anyone interested in anthropology.
Paul Hoehn
Nov 20, 2013 Paul Hoehn rated it it was ok
Shelves: honors-project
(obvi did not read the whole thing because i mostly hate anthropology hey but did think a lot about language and symbols so that was hepful)
Jul 30, 2011 Jayw added it
Defines anthropology, goals and methods. Applies scientific model of linguistics.
Jessica Zu
Nov 08, 2013 Jessica Zu rated it really liked it
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I'd call it mathematical anthropology and the mathematics of the Unconscious!
May 18, 2011 Sonia rated it it was amazing
Anthropology at its best. The true scientist of human nature. J'Adore!
Florin Pitea
Feb 16, 2013 Florin Pitea rated it really liked it
I read this back in 1996. My memory of it is foggy, to say the least.
Jan 25, 2011 pjr8888 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: anthropology
my copy is The Anchor Books edition,1967
Sep 29, 2013 AC rated it it was amazing
Important collection of papers
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Claude Lévi-Strauss was a French anthropologist, well-known for his development of structural anthropology. He was born in Belgium to French parents who were living in Brussels at the time, but he grew up in Paris. His father was an artist, and a member of an intellectual French Jewish family. Lévi-Strauss studied at the University of Paris. From 1935-9 he was Professor at the University of Sao Pa ...more
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