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Culture and Communication : The Logic by which Symbols Are Connected. An Introduction to the Use of Structuralist Analysis in Social Anthropology - Edmund Leach

Culture and Communication

The Logic by which Symbols Are Connected. An Introduction to the Use of Structuralist Analysis in Social Anthropology

By: Edmund Leach, Jack Goody (Editor), Geoffrey Hawthorn (Editor), John Dunn (Editor)

Paperback Published: 19th July 1976
ISBN: 9780521290524
Number Of Pages: 116

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The recent spread of 'structuralist' writing has been hailed as the dawn of a new age and condemned as an intellectual disaster but, like all fashionable diseases, it is more talked about than understood. Edmund Leach's new book is designed for the use if teaching undergraduates in anthropology, linguistics, literary studies, philosophy and related disciplines faced for the first time with structuralist argument; it provides the prolegomena necessary to understand the final chapter of Levi-Strauss's massive four-volume Mythologiques. The objective is complex, the manner simple. Some prior knowledge of anthropological literature is useful but not essential; the principal ethnographic source is the Book of Leviticus; this guide should help anyone who is trying to grasp the essentials of 'seminology' - the general theory of how signs and symbols come to convey meaning. Although, in essence, a textbook, substantial portions of the argument are here presented for the first time; thus Section 16 contains an innovating contribution to general incest theory, and the analysis of the logic of animal sacrifice presented in Section 18 is an advance on anything previous published on this theme. The author's core thesis is that: 'the indices in non-verbal communication systems, like the sound elements in spoken language, do not have meaning as isolates, but only as members of set'; the book's special merit is that it makes this kind of jargon comprehensible in terms of our everyday experience.

Empiricists and rationalists: economic transactions and acts of communication
Problems of terminology
Objects, sense-images, concepts
Signals and indices
Theories of magic and sorcery
The symbolic ordering of a man-made world: boundaries of social space and time
The material representation of abstract ideas: ritual condensation
Orchestral performance as a metaphor for ritual sequence
The physiological basis of sign/symbol sets
Mapping: time and space as reciprocal representations
Rank order and orientation
Examples of binary coding
Mating prescriptions and proscriptions
Logic and mytho-logic
Basic cosmology
Rites of transition (rites de passage)
The logic of sacrifice
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ISBN: 9780521290524
ISBN-10: 052129052X
Series: Themes in the Social Sciences
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 116
Published: 19th July 1976
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.76 x 15.29  x 1.09
Weight (kg): 0.21

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