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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

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Part of Themes in the Social Sciences

  • Date Published: March 1976
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521290524

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  • Edmund Leach's book investigates the writings of 'structuralists,' and their different theories: the general incest theory and of animal sacrifice. This book is designed for the use of teaching undergraduates in anthropology, linguistics, literary studies, philosophy and related disciplines faced with structuralist argument. It provides the prolegomena necessary to understand the final chapter of Levi-Strauss's massive four-volume Mythologiques. 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. 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.

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    • Date Published: March 1976
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521290524
    • length: 116 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 153 x 11 mm
    • weight: 0.18kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction
    1. Empiricists and rationalists: economic transactions and acts of communication
    2. Problems of terminology
    3. Objects, sense-images, concepts
    4. Signals and indices
    5. Transformations
    6. Theories of magic and sorcery
    7. The symbolic ordering of a man-made world: boundaries of social space and time
    8. The material representation of abstract ideas: ritual condensation
    9. Orchestral performance as a metaphor for ritual sequence
    10. The physiological basis of sign/symbol sets
    11. Mapping: time and space as reciprocal representations
    12. Rank order and orientation
    13. Examples of binary coding
    14. Mating prescriptions and proscriptions
    15. Logic and mytho-logic
    16. Basic cosmology
    17. Rites of transition (rites de passage)
    18. The logic of sacrifice
    19. Conclusion
    Bibliography
    Index.

  • Author

    Edmund Leach

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