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1st Edition

The Structural Study of Myth and Totemism

Edited By

Edmund Leach

ISBN 9780415611626
Published November 16, 2010 by Routledge
210 Pages

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Book Description

Designed to provoke controversy, the papers in this volume concentrate on two main themes: the study of myth and totemism. Starting with an English translation of La Geste d'Asdiwal, which is widely considered to be the most brilliant of all of Lévi-Strauss's shorter expositions of his technique of myth analysis, the volume also contains criticism of this essay. The second part of the volume discusses how far Lévi-Strauss's treatment of totemism as a system of category formation can be correlated with the facts that an ethnographer encounters in the field.
First published in 1967.

Table of Contents

Part 1: The Structural Study of Myth 1. Claude Levi-Strauss The Story of Asdiwal 2. Mary Douglas The Meaning of Myth, with special reference to 'La Geste d'Asdiwal' 3. Nur Yalman 'The Raw: The Cooked: Nature: Culture' 4. K.O.L. Burridge Levi-Strauss and Myth Part 2: The Structural Study of Totemism 5. E. Michael Mendelson The 'Uninvited Guest': Ancilla to Levi-Strauss on Totemism and Primitive Thought 6. Peter Worsley Groote Eylandt Totemism and Le Totemisme audourd'hui 7. Robin Fox Totem and Taboo Reconsidered

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Leach, Edmund


'A quite engrossing set of disquisitions on various aspects of the study of categories, their formation and arrangement.' - Times Literary Supplement