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The Naked Man, Vol 4 - Mythologiques (Hardcover, Univ of Chicago PR ed.): Claude Levi-Strauss The Naked Man, Vol 4 - Mythologiques (Hardcover, Univ of Chicago PR ed.)
Claude Levi-Strauss
R1,145 Discovery Miles 11 450 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

""The Naked Man "is the fourth and final volume [of "Mythologiques"], written by the most influential and probably the most controversial anthropologist of our time. . . . Myths from North and South America are set side by side to show their transformations: in passing from person to person and place to place, a myth can change its content and yet retain its structural principles. . . . Apart from the complicated transformations discovered and the fascinating constructions placed on these, the stories themselves provide a feast."--Betty Abel, "Contemporary Review"
"Levi-Strauss uses the structural method he developed to analyze and 'decode' the mythology of native North Americans, focusing on the area west of the Rockies. . . . [The author] takes the opportunity to refute arguments against his method; his chapter 'Finale' is a defense of structural analysis as well as the closing statement of this four-volume opus which started with an 'Ouverture' in The Raw and the Cooked."--"Library Journal"
"The culmination of one of the major intellectual feats of our time."--Paul Stuewe, "Quill and Quire
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Structural Anthropology, Vol 2 (Hardcover, Univ of Chicago PR ed.): Claude Levi-Strauss Structural Anthropology, Vol 2 (Hardcover, Univ of Chicago PR ed.)
Claude Levi-Strauss
R901 Discovery Miles 9 010 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The eighteen essays collected in this volume have been selected and ordered to give what Levi-Strauss terms "a bird's-eye view of the problems of modern ethnology." As representative examples, these essays introduce readers to the methods of structural anthropology while affording a glimpse into the mind of one of the foremost anthropologists of our time.
""Structural Anthropology, Volume II" is a diverse collection. [It is] a useful 'sampler' that gives a reader the full range of Levi-Strauss's interests."--Daniel Bell, "New York Times Book Review
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Myth and Meaning (Paperback): Claude Levi-Strauss Myth and Meaning (Paperback)
Claude Levi-Strauss
R474 Discovery Miles 4 740 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The anthropologist Claude Levi-Strauss was one of the greatest intellectuals of the twentieth century. His work has had a profound impact not only within anthropology but also linguistics, sociology and philosophy. In this short book he examines the nature and role of myth in human history, distilling a lifetime of writing into a few sharp insights. It is a crystalline overview of many of the basic ideas underlying his work, including the theory of structuralism and the difference between 'primitive' and 'scientific' thought and shows why Levi-Strauss remains a hugely important intellectual figure. With a new foreword by Patrick Wilcken.

We Are All Cannibals - And Other Essays (Hardcover): Claude Levi-Strauss We Are All Cannibals - And Other Essays (Hardcover)
Claude Levi-Strauss; Foreword by Maurice Olender; Translated by Jane Marie Todd
R568 R480 Discovery Miles 4 800 Save R88 (15%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

On Christmas Eve 1951, Santa Claus was hanged and then publicly burned outside of the Cathedral of Dijon in France. That same decade, ethnologists began to study the indigenous cultures of central New Guinea, and found men and women affectionately consuming the flesh of the ones they loved. "Everyone calls what is not their own custom barbarism," said Montaigne. In these essays, Claude Levi-Strauss shows us behavior that is bizarre, shocking, and even revolting to outsiders but consistent with a people's culture and context. These essays relate meat eating to cannibalism, female circumcision to medically assisted reproduction, and mythic thought to scientific thought. They explore practices of incest and patriarchy, nature worship versus man-made material obsessions, the perceived threat of art in various cultures, and the innovations and limitations of secular thought. Levi-Strauss measures the short distance between "complex" and "primitive" societies and finds a shared madness in the ways we enact myth, ritual, and custom. Yet he also locates a pure and persistent ethics that connects the center of Western civilization to far-flung societies and forces a reckoning with outmoded ideas of morality and reason.

The Jealous Potter (Paperback, New edition): Claude Levi-Strauss The Jealous Potter (Paperback, New edition)
Claude Levi-Strauss; Translated by Benedicte Chorier
R624 Discovery Miles 6 240 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

In this volume Levi-Strauss explores the mythologies of the Americas, with occasional incursions into European and Japanese folklore, tales of sloths and squirrels interweave with discussions of Freud, Saussure, "signification," and plays by Sophocles and Labiche. The author also critiques psychoanalytic interpretation and defends the interpretive powers of structuralism.

Tristes Tropiques (Paperback): Claude Levi-Strauss Tristes Tropiques (Paperback)
Claude Levi-Strauss
R344 R298 Discovery Miles 2 980 Save R46 (13%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Tristes Tropiques begins with the line 'I hate travelling and explorers', yet during his life Claude Levi-Strauss travelled from wartime France to the Amazon basin and the dense upland jungles of Brazil, where he found 'human society reduced to its most basic expression'. His account of the people he encountered changed the field of anthropology, transforming Western notions of 'primitive' man. Tristes Tropiques is a major work of art as well as of scholarship. It is a memoir of exquisite beauty and a masterpiece of travel writing: funny, discursive, movingly detailing personal and cultural loss, and brilliantly connecting disparate fields of thought. Few books have had as powerful and broad an impact.

Race et histoire (French, Paperback): Claude Levi-Strauss Race et histoire (French, Paperback)
Claude Levi-Strauss
R508 R464 Discovery Miles 4 640 Save R44 (9%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Raza y Cultura (English, Spanish, Paperback): Claude Levi-Strauss Raza y Cultura (English, Spanish, Paperback)
Claude Levi-Strauss
R341 Discovery Miles 3 410 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

El legendario ensayo de Claude levi-Strauss Raza e historia constituye un impresionante y revolucionario manifiesto sobre la dialectica de las ideas de progreso y diversidad cultural. Veinte anos mas tarde completo y matizo su perspectiva con Raza y cultura. Esta edicion reune estos dos trabajos en un unico volumen.

The Story of Lynx (Paperback, New edition): Claude Levi-Strauss The Story of Lynx (Paperback, New edition)
Claude Levi-Strauss; Translated by Catherine Tihanyi
R627 Discovery Miles 6 270 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

"In olden days, in a village peopled by animal creatures, lived Wild Cat (another name for Lynx). He was old and mangy, and he was constantly scratching himself with his cane. From time to time, a young girl who lived in the same cabin would grab the cane, also to scratch herself. In vain Wild Cat kept trying to talk her out of it. One day the young lady found herself pregnant; she gave birth to a boy. Coyote, another inhabitant of the village, became indignant. He talked all of the population into going to live elsewhere and abandoning the old Wild Cat, his wife, and their child to their fate ..." So begins the Nez Perce's myth that lies at the heart of "The Story of Lynx", Claude Levi-Strauss's accessible examination of the mythology of American Indians. In this wide-ranging work, the author considers the many variations in a story that occur in both North and South America, but especially among the Salish-speaking peoples of the Northwest Coast. He also shows how centuries of contact with Europeans have altered the tales. Levi-Strauss focuses on the opposition between Wild Cat and Coyote to explore the meaning and uses of "gemellarity", or twinness, in Native American culture. The concept of dual organization that these tales exemplify is one of non-equivalence: everything has an opposite or other, with which it coexists in unstable tension. In contrast, Levi-Strauss argues, European notions of twinness - as in the myth of Castor and Pollux - stress the essential sameness of the twins. This fundamental cultural difference lay behind the fatal clash of European and Native American peoples. This work addresses and clarifies all the major issues that have occupied Claude Levi-Strauss for decades, and in it he explicitly connects history and structuralism.

Structural Anthropology (Paperback, Revised): Claude Levi-Strauss Structural Anthropology (Paperback, Revised)
Claude Levi-Strauss
R672 Discovery Miles 6 720 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Structural Anthropology provides an introduction to his distinctive approach to anthropology as the study of a science of general principles. The now renowned 'structural method, ' which has changed the face of social anthropology, views man and society in terms of universals--kinship, social organization, religion and mythology, and art.

The Way of the Masks (Paperback): Claude Levi-Strauss The Way of the Masks (Paperback)
Claude Levi-Strauss; Translated by Sylvia Modelski
R447 Discovery Miles 4 470 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Claude Levi-Strauss's fascination with Northwest Coast Indian art dates back to the late 1930s. "Sometime before the outbreak of the Second World War," he writes, "I had already bought in Paris a Haida slate panel pipe." In New York in the early forties, he shared his enthusiasm with a group of Surrealist refugee artists with whom he was associated. "Surely it will not be long," he wrote in an article published in 1943, "before we see the collections from this part of the world moved from ethnographic to fine arts museums to take their just place amidst the antiquities of Egypt of Persia and the works of medieval Europe. For this art is not unequal to the greatest, and, in the course of the century and a half of its history that is known to us, it has shown evidence of a superior diversity and has demonstrated apparently inexhaustible talents for renewal." In The Way of the Masks, first published more than thirty years later, he returned to this material, seeking to unravel a persistent problem that he associated with a particular mask, the Swaihwe, which is found among certain tribes of coastal British Columbia. This book, now available for the first time in an English translation, is a vivid, audacious illustration of Levi-Strauss's provocative structural approach to tribal art and culture. Bringing to bear on the Swaihwe masks his theory that mythical representations cannot be understood as isolated objects, Levi-Strausss began to look for links among them, as well as relationships between these and other types of masks and myths, treating them all as parts of a dialogue that has been going on for generations among neighboring tribes. The wider system that emerges form his investigation uncovers the association of the masks with Northwest coppers and with hereditary status and wealth, and takes the reader as far north as the Dene of Alaska, as far south as the Yurok of northern California, and as far away in time and space as medieval Europe. As one reader said of this book, "It will be controversial, as his work always is, and it will stimulate more scholarship on the Northwest Coast than any other single book that I can think of."

The Other Face of the Moon (Hardcover): Claude Levi-Strauss The Other Face of the Moon (Hardcover)
Claude Levi-Strauss; Foreword by Junzo Kawada; Translated by Jane Marie Todd
R485 R436 Discovery Miles 4 360 Save R49 (10%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Gathering for the first time all of Claude Levi-Strauss's writings on Japanese civilization, The Other Face of the Moon forms a sustained meditation into the French anthropologist's dictum that to understand one's own culture, one must regard it from the point of view of another. Exposure to Japanese art was influential in Levi-Strauss's early intellectual growth, and between 1977 and 1988 he visited the country five times. The essays, lectures, and interviews of this volume, written between 1979 and 2001, are the product of these journeys. They investigate an astonishing range of subjects--among them Japan's founding myths, Noh and Kabuki theater, the distinctiveness of the Japanese musical scale, the artisanship of Jomon pottery, and the relationship between Japanese graphic arts and cuisine. For Levi-Strauss, Japan occupied a unique place among world cultures. Molded in the ancient past by Chinese influences, it had more recently incorporated much from Europe and the United States. But the substance of these borrowings was so carefully assimilated that Japanese culture never lost its specificity. As though viewed from the hidden side of the moon, Asia, Europe, and America all find, in Japan, images of themselves profoundly transformed. As in Levi-Strauss's classic ethnography Tristes Tropiques, this new English translation presents the voice of one of France's most public intellectuals at its most personal.

We Are All Cannibals - And Other Essays (Paperback): Claude Levi-Strauss We Are All Cannibals - And Other Essays (Paperback)
Claude Levi-Strauss; Foreword by Maurice Olender; Translated by Jane Marie Todd
R443 R396 Discovery Miles 3 960 Save R47 (11%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

On Christmas Eve 1951, Santa Claus was hanged and then publicly burned outside of the Cathedral of Dijon in France. That same decade, ethnologists began to study the indigenous cultures of central New Guinea, and found men and women affectionately consuming the flesh of the ones they loved. "Everyone calls what is not their own custom barbarism," said Montaigne. In these essays, Claude Levi-Strauss shows us behavior that is bizarre, shocking, and even revolting to outsiders but consistent with a people's culture and context. These essays relate meat eating to cannibalism, female circumcision to medically assisted reproduction, and mythic thought to scientific thought. They explore practices of incest and patriarchy, nature worship versus man-made material obsessions, the perceived threat of art in various cultures, and the innovations and limitations of secular thought. Levi-Strauss measures the short distance between "complex" and "primitive" societies and finds a shared madness in the ways we enact myth, ritual, and custom. Yet he also locates a pure and persistent ethics that connects the center of Western civilization to far-flung societies and forces a reckoning with outmoded ideas of morality and reason.

Race and History (Paperback): Claude Levi-Strauss Race and History (Paperback)
Claude Levi-Strauss
R293 Discovery Miles 2 930 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Race and History (Hardcover): Claude Levi-Strauss Race and History (Hardcover)
Claude Levi-Strauss
R580 Discovery Miles 5 800 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Myth and Meaning (Paperback, Revised): Claude Levi-Strauss Myth and Meaning (Paperback, Revised)
Claude Levi-Strauss
R347 Discovery Miles 3 470 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

In addresses written for a wide general audience, one of the twentieth century's most prominent thinkers, Claude Levi-Strauss, here offers the insights of a lifetime on the crucial questions of human existence. Responding to questions as varied as 'Can there be meaning in chaos?', 'What can science learn from myth?' and 'What is structuralism?', Levi-Strauss presents, in clear, precise language, essential guidance for those who want to learn more about the potential of the human mind.

Inuit Stories of Being and Rebirth - Gender, Shamanism, and the Third Sex (Paperback): Bernard Saladin D'Anglure Inuit Stories of Being and Rebirth - Gender, Shamanism, and the Third Sex (Paperback)
Bernard Saladin D'Anglure; Translated by Peter Frost; Foreword by Claude Levi-Strauss
R766 R616 Discovery Miles 6 160 Save R150 (20%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The small island of Igloolik lies between the Melville Peninsula and Baffin Island at the northern end of Hudson Bay north of the Arctic Circle. It has fascinated many in the Western world since 1824, when a London publisher printed the narratives by William Parry and his second-in-command, George Lyon, about their two years spent looking for the mythical Northwest Passage. Nearly a hundred and fifty years later, Bernard Saladin d'Anglure arrived in Igloolik, hoping to complete the study he had been conducting for nearly six months in Arctic Quebec (present-day Nunavik). He was supposed to spend a month on Igloolik, but on his first morning there, Saladin d'Anglure met the elders Ujarak and Iqallijuq. He learned that they had been informants for Knud Rasmussen in 1922. Moreover, they had spent most of their lives in the camps and fully remembered the pre-Christian period. Ujarak and Iqallijuq soon became Saladin d'Anglure's friends and initiated him into the symbolism, myths, beliefs, and ancestral rules of the local Inuit. With them and their families, Saladin d'Anglure would work for thirty years, gathering the oral traditions of their people. First published in French in 2006, Inuit Stories of Being and Rebirth contains an in-depth, paragraph-by-paragraph analysis of stories on womb memories, birth, namesaking, and reincarnation. This new English edition introduces this material to a broader audience and contains a new afterword by Saladin d'Anglure.

Anthropologie Structurale (French, Hardcover): Claude Levi-Strauss Anthropologie Structurale (French, Hardcover)
Claude Levi-Strauss
R862 Discovery Miles 8 620 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
La Pens e Sauvage (French, Hardcover): Claude Levi-Strauss La Pens e Sauvage (French, Hardcover)
Claude Levi-Strauss
R824 Discovery Miles 8 240 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Race and History (Hardcover): Claude Levi-Strauss Race and History (Hardcover)
Claude Levi-Strauss
R747 R585 Discovery Miles 5 850 Save R162 (22%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Race and History (Paperback): Claude Levi-Strauss Race and History (Paperback)
Claude Levi-Strauss
R294 Discovery Miles 2 940 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Race and History (Hardcover): Claude Levi-Strauss Race and History (Hardcover)
Claude Levi-Strauss
R580 Discovery Miles 5 800 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Claude Levi-Strauss - Entretien Avec Jacques Chancel 1988 [Fre (CD): Claude Levi-Strauss Claude Levi-Strauss - Entretien Avec Jacques Chancel 1988 [Fre (CD)
Claude Levi-Strauss
R343 Discovery Miles 3 430 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Race and History (Paperback): Claude Levi-Strauss Race and History (Paperback)
Claude Levi-Strauss
R357 R288 Discovery Miles 2 880 Save R69 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Anthropologie structurale (French, Paperback): Claude Levi-Strauss Anthropologie structurale (French, Paperback)
Claude Levi-Strauss
R604 Discovery Miles 6 040 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
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