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

Dan Goodman (
15 Jan 1997 17:44:59 GMT

In article <>,
rmd <> wrote:
>In article <5bhhs8$>, (Dan Goodman) wrote:
>> In article <>,
>> rmd <> wrote:
>> >Can't speak for anthropology, but can for a related discipline:
>> >comparative religion. In these parts L-S is rather out-of-date, and has
>> >mostly been discarded in favor of more flexible (and less overtly
>> >dogmatic) theories of culture. There are still a few ardent
>> >structuralists out there, but they're increasingly isolated from the
>> >mainstream. Not that that is necessarily a bad thing, but there's an
>> >answer to your question.
>> Can you give any pointers to the current mainstream?
>> Most of what I've found easily available on comparative religion has been
>> of the "Isn't it wonderful that Shintoism and Confucianism have the same
>> ideals as Christianity?" sort. I suspect this is not the leading edge of
>> the discipline.
>No, you're right -- that's popular press stuff. What I would identify as
>the current mainstream includes symbolist work building on Clifford
>Geertz's work in anthropology, ritualism studies drawing on Catherine
>Bell, Pierre Bourdieu, and Victor Turner, and ideology studies best
>characterized by the work of Bruce Lincoln.
Thanks. And since I've read some stuff by Geertz, I'm a bit farther ahead
than I thought I was. (Probably only two or three decades behind the
leading edge....)

Dan Goodman
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