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Copy of Part 1

Claude Levi-Strauss


on 21 April 2010

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Transcript of Copy of Part 1

Through the eyes of an Anthropologist
Did you know? Claude Levi-Strauss
1908-2009 His Research led to more modern theories in Anthropology, and Philosophy His four major literary works include:
Structural Antnthropology (1958)
Totemism (1962)
The raw and the cooked (1969)
The Savage Mind (1972)

Claude Levi-Strauss travelled to remote areas of North and South America to study little-known tribes known then as "primitive" people
He analyzed and interpreted several hundred MYTHS used by these tribes
his interpretations changed the way the Western world percieved these people
Levi-Strauss rescued his subjects (the tribes he studied) from the limited and stereotypical perception of the Western WOrld
Once thought to be 'savage people', these tribes were now portrayed as people with sofisticated logic and a hidden sense of order
His most famous theory, Structuralism:

explains that all cultures are united in some way through "unsuspected harmonies"
is the search for the underlying patterns of thought in all forms of human activity
His books expressed the beauty and intelligibility of the tribes and their myths. "The World began with the human race and will most certainly end without the human race" What do you think?
That is a brief introduction to the "father of modern anthropology"
Can you SEE any simmilarities with another Anthropologist we've studied?

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