structural anthropology

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struc′tural anthropol′ogy

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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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 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.
In his seminal works Structural Anthropology (trans.
At the heart of Christopher Lehrich's The Occult Mind several theses are articulated: that the works of certain occult thinkers are in need of reassessment in light of their intellectual proximity to contemporary theoretical debates, that the "problem of occult analogy" may be seen to haunt the structural anthropology of Levi-Strauss and its heirs, and that the question of "magic" is in need of urgent theoretical rehabilitation given the foregoing propositions.

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