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- DescriptionAlthough women alone have the ability to bring children into the world, modern Western thought tends to discount this female prerogative. In Giving Life, Giving Death, Lucien Scubla argues that structural anthropology sees women as objects of exchange that facilitate alliance-building rather than as vectors of continuity between generations. Examining the work of Levi-Strauss, Freud, and Girard, as well as ethgraphic and clinical data, Giving Life, Giving Death seeks to explain why, in constructing their master theories, our greatest thinkers have consistently marginalized the cultural and biological fact of maternity. In the spirit of Freud s Totem and Taboo, Scubla constructs an anthropology that posits a common source for family and religion. His wide-ranging study explores how rituals unite violence and the sacred and intertwine the giving of death and the giving of life.
- Author BiographyLucien Scubla is a researcher at the Institut Marcel Mauss of the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris. He is the author of a study on Claude Levi-Strauss and wrote the preface for the French translation of Social Origins, a posthumous work by A. M. Hocart.
- Author(s)Lucien Scubla
- PublisherMichigan State University Press
- Date of Publication30/09/2016
- FormatPaperback / softback
- SubjectHistory of Ideas & Popular Philosophy
- Series TitleStudies in Violence, Mimesis, & Culture
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintMichigan State University Press
- Weight522 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine23 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US),Unsewn / adhesive bound
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