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The Anthropological Circle : Symbol, Function, History - Marc Auge

The Anthropological Circle

Symbol, Function, History

By: Marc Auge, Martin Thom (Translator)

Paperback Published: 8th March 1982
ISBN: 9780521285483
Number Of Pages: 140

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Anthropology is both outside of history and within it. Histories of anthropology tend to summarise particular authors' intellectual differences; but, as Marc Auge argues in this book, first published in English in 1982, these differences may in fact be intrinsically derived from intellectual divisions within anthropology as obvious as they are irreconcilable. Auge identifies, in contemporary debates in French anthropology, the paths that perhaps allow us to transcend these oppositions. On doing so, he explores and clarifies the relationship that anthropology enjoys with history, on the intellectual plane, and with politics, on the historical plane. His argument is stimulating and challenging, and will interest all social anthropologists and sociologists concerned with the theoretical foundations of their disciplines, as well as demonstrating to historians and political scientists what anthropology has to offer them."

Preface
Introduction: anthropology without history or anthropology in history?
The anthropological circle
Two axes and four poles
Evolution, culture, symbol
Evolution, culture, function
Symbol, function
Symbol, function, culture
Culture, symbol
Some questions concerning the current state of anthropology
The philosopher's questions
Meaning, non-meaning and structure: Claude L©vi-Strauss
Symbol and function: Victor Turner
Instances and determination
From moral crisis to intellectual doubt
The object of anthropology
Ethnocentrism and anti-ethnocentrism
Scientific practice, militant practice
Conclusions
New sites, new stakes
Here, today
Social logics
A myth, a necessity: interdisciplinarity
Index
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ISBN: 9780521285483
ISBN-10: 0521285488
Series: Cambridge Studies in Social and Cultural Anthropology
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 140
Published: 8th March 1982
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 0.8
Weight (kg): 0.22