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

Mike Chary (
16 Jan 1997 01:41:41 GMT

Julia E Smith <> wrote:
>Mike Chary <> wrote:
>>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 :)
>I wouldn't call structural anthropology of *any* sort pervasive at this
>point. Important historically, clearly. Vital that any anthropologist be
>familiar with what he said, assuredly. However, I think there's a lot of
>more recent, more interesting work out there. Most intellectual
>descendants of Levi-Strauss would identify themselves as
>post-structuralists, or structural Marxists. I doubt you could find an
>unmodified structuralist out there anymore.

Semantics, I think. Which is not to dismiss your point, but rather to say
it isn't addressing mine really. I didn't say "dominant." I said
"pervasive." Sort of like the ecological approaches of Rappaport or
Steward. If you can't get out of graduate school with an anthro degree
without knowing them, they are pretty well sunk in. Heck, you can't get
an undergrad degree without knowing Rappaport these days.

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