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Structuralism and Sociological Theory

ISBN 9781138979758
Published December 18, 2015 by Routledge
132 Pages

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Book Description

What is the significance of Structuralism for social science? How original is Lévi-Strauss' contribution to social theory? Is he Marxist? Though Structuralism, and its leading representative Lévi-Strauss, are central to sociology, anthropology and psychology, the complexity of his work and the obscurity of his commentators have often proved a barrier to understanding. Now for the first time, Dr Badcock provides a jargon-free assessment of Lévi-Strauss' place in the tradition of French sociological thought – particularly to predecessors such as Comte, Durkheim and Mauss – discusses his relationship to Marx, Sartre, Freud and Talcott Parsons and provides a concise, non-technical account of his complex ideas on kinship, totenism and myth.

Table of Contents

1. Origins in Comte, Durkheim and Mauss  2. Culture as a Language  3. Lévi-Strauss and Marx  4. The Debate with Sartre  5. Lévi-Strauss and Freud

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C.R. Badcock