Levi-Strauss's slim volume Totemism (1962) established structural anthropology
as a science, publicly demonstrating the structural character of mythical thought and its capacity to account for complex systems of transformation.
Levi-Strauss' structural anthropology
criticizes these sort of approaches by this differentiation: Western operation of mind bears an abstraction--formal character, whereas savage operation of mind bears no significant difference from West but, for being surrounded by a natural habitat, it is shaped by the reality of that habitat.
Indeed, it is possible to claim that this foundational text, and even the discipline, of structural anthropology
is, to a great degree, predicated on this "weird spot.
Merging primary sources with the best of structural anthropology
, the author of this study explores state and societal responses to social deviance via the rituals of execution in Germany.
Cassuto presents his book as a revision of his 1989 dissertation, a work "informed by history" but more reliant, methodologically, on structural anthropology
and the pioneering work of Frantz Fanon (xiv).
His major works include Les Structures elementaires de la parente (1949; translated as The Elementary Structures of Kinship, 1969), Tristes Tropiques (1955; translated as 1961, 1974), Anthropologie structurale (2 vols, 1958, 1973; translated as Structural Anthropology
, 1963, 1976), Pensee sauvage (1962; translated as The Savage Mind, 1966), Mythologiques (4 vols, 1964 - 71; translated as Introduction to a Science of Mythology, 1969 - 81), and L ' Identite (1977).
The reading room is made up of two long wooden tables piled high with paperbacks from Kosuth's library at the time--texts dealing with linguistic philosophy, structural anthropology
, and psychoanalytic theory--along with stacks of New York newspapers with such hard-hitting headlines as "US Deaths 165 in Week as Enemy Takes Post Near Phnom Phen, Then is Repulsed," and "World Inflation Spreads Despite Steps to Curb It.