Re: Is Levi-Strauss essential? was It still works? Avoid it anyway.

Mike Chary (
14 Jan 1997 19:39:01 GMT

In article <5bgi96$>, Dan Goodman <> wrote:
>Chad Ryan Thomas <> wrote:
>>Seriously, though, if you don't buy Levi-Strauss, you can't buy the majority
>>of modern thought on the structure and function of human culture. If you
>>throw that out, you no longer have ethnographic analogy to help you
>>understand alien cultures, and then a whole slew of bad things start to
>>happen. (Again, this is just my take on it, and I've found several people
>>on the 'net who think differently with quite a conviction. So please don't
>>think I'm trying to impose my views on you.)
>Question for sci.anthropology -- is this an accurate assessment of
>Levi-Strauss's place in anthropology (and related disciplines)?

Largely. It's certainly true that Levi-Strauss's brand of structural
anthropology is pretty pervasive. OTOH, you still have other viewpoints,
and finding an anthropologist to disagree with another anthropologist about
something doesn't require a search party or even a lunch break :)

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