structural anthropology


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struc′tural anthropol′ogy


n.
a school of anthropology founded by Claude Lévi-Strauss, based upon discovery and analysis of the structures inherent in various cultural forms.
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Noun1.structural anthropology - an anthropological theory that there are unobservable social structures that generate observable social phenomena
theory - a well-substantiated explanation of some aspect of the natural world; an organized system of accepted knowledge that applies in a variety of circumstances to explain a specific set of phenomena; "theories can incorporate facts and laws and tested hypotheses"; "true in fact and theory"
anthropology - the social science that studies the origins and social relationships of human beings
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Their topics include Jos Platenkamp and the Leiden tradition in structural anthropology, Omaha and all that: basic issues and new horizons in the study of relationship terminologies, exchange and the constitution of people under a welfare regime, secularization or normalization of religion in Indonesia: from custom to Pancasila and back to Adat, the British interregnum in Java 1811-16: an experiment in supra-national fraternal governance, and the mediation of intercultural competence as a form of applied anthropology.
Hailing from a tradition of Anglo-French structural anthropology, and influenced by such figures as Durkheim, Mauss, Levi-Strauss and Balandier, Auge's early publications were based around his ethnographic studies of African cultures.
The ten essays are informed by three strands of thought that have had special impact on the modern study of the body in performance: structuralism and structural anthropology, the early work of ethnologist Pierre Bourdieu, and the writing of Michel Foucault.
First, structural anthropology emerges out of a set of esthetic questions; second, these esthetic questions raised by anthropological "data" have implications for esthetic theory and specifically the esthetics of modern art.
The barbarism of that term, which has no equivalent in France, has been well noted by others: Perhaps its most pernicious effect has been to forestall serious consideration of structural anthropology as part of the agreed-on kit of tools that any ambitious young art historian needs to master.
Lotman's treatment of history implicitly also includes Claude Levi-Strauss's approach to structural anthropology.
In his seminal works Structural Anthropology (trans.

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