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- DescriptionOn Christmas Eve 1951, Santa Claus was hanged and then publicly burned outside of the Cathedral of Dijon in France. That same decade, ethlogists began to study the indigeus cultures of central New Guinea, and found men and women affectionately consuming the flesh of the ones they loved. Everyone calls what is t 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 invations 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.
- Author BiographyClaude Levi-Strauss was born in Brussels in 1908. He held the chair of social anthropology at the College de France from 1959 to 1982 and was elected a member of the Academie Francaise in 1973. He died in Paris on October 30, 2009. Maurice Olender is maitre de conferences at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris. Jane Marie Todd has translated more than seventy books, including Catherine Clement and Julia Kristeva's The Feminine and the Sacred.
- Author(s)Claude Levi-Strauss
- PublisherColumbia University Press
- Date of Publication08/04/2016
- LanguageEnglish & French
- SubjectSociology & Anthropology: Professional
- Series TitleEuropean Perspectives: A Series in Social Thought and Cultural Criticism
- Place of PublicationNew York
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintColumbia University Press
- Weight454 g
- Width139 mm
- Height209 mm
- Spine23 mm
- Translated byJane Marie Todd
- Foreword byMaurice Olender
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