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Other Tribes, Other Scribes : Symbolic Anthropology in the Comparative Study of Cultures, Histories, Religions and Texts - James A. Boon

Other Tribes, Other Scribes

Symbolic Anthropology in the Comparative Study of Cultures, Histories, Religions and Texts

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Published: 1st August 1983
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Any interpretation of another culture is itself embedded in a specific cultural context and historical moment. In this book, James A. Boon investigates the history, dialectics and practice of the symbolic analysis of cultural diversity. His aim is to formulate a general comparative approach to the study of symbolic processes, integrating the major different theories about symbolic forms that have been developed by other writers. In so doing, he discusses the varying theories and practice of such figures as Durkheim, Weber, Marx, Mauss, Frazer, Saussure, Peirce, Lowie, Malinowski, Sapir, Hocart, Benedict, Parsons, Levi-Strauss, Geertz, Barthes, Foucault and others; and brings together a wide range of related issues in anthropology, linguistics, intellectual history, the sociology of religion and comparative mythology and literature. This original integration of social scientific and literary analysis will appeal to a wide range of readers interested in anthropology, history, philosophy and literature.

Preface
Initiations
Introduction: the exaggeration of cultures
Shades of the history of ethnology
Systematics Notwithstanding
Social theories with a difference
Assorted semiotics and dialectics
Essays in Exotic Texts
Jacobean ethnology: An east-west intercourse
Balinese incest recaptured: a discourse
Structuralism/Romanticism, reciprocally
Conclusion: dead moons or eclipsed?
Appendices A-C
Notes
Bibliography
Index
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ISBN: 9780521271974
ISBN-10: 0521271975
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 1st August 1983
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.12 x 15.29  x 2.03
Weight (kg): 0.5