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

Robert Snower (
Wed, 15 Jan 1997 04:05:37 GMT (Peter H. Granzeau) wrote:

>On 14 Jan 1997 19:39:01 GMT, (Mike
>Chary) wrote:

>>>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 :)

>What's this thread about? I thought you were discussing blue jeans
>when I saw the header.

Might as well be. All this talk about whether the Levi-Strauss brand
is pervasive, in style, out of style, its place, whether we buy it, or
throw it out, and then we throw out all ethnographic analogy, too.
Why? This is an incredible statement. I would really appreciate
hearing something of substance, like what is it? (I am acquainted
with his works.) How would you summarize his contribution is 10 easy
lines? Thanks.

Best wishes. rs