9780878555826

In Search of the Primitive: A Critique of Civilization

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  • ISBN13:

    9780878555826

  • ISBN10:

    087855582X

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Nonspecific Binding
  • Copyright: 2017-05-18
  • Publisher: Routledge

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Summary

Anthropology is a kind of debate between human possibilities -- a dialectical movement between the anthropologist as a modern man and the primitive peoples he studies. This brilliant, tough-minded book contains chapters ranging from encounters in the field to essays on the nature of law, schizophrenia and civilization, and the evolution of the work of Claude Levi-Strauss. Diamond views the anthropologist who refuses to become a searching critic of his own civilization as not merely irresponsible, but a tool of Western civilization.

Table of Contents

Foreword
Eric R. Wolf
Introduction: Civilization and Progress
1(48)
The Politics of Field Work
49(44)
Anthropology in Question
93(23)
The Search for the Primitive
116(60)
Plato and the Definition of the Primitive
176(27)
The Uses of the Primitive
203(24)
Schizophrenia and Civilization
227(28)
The Rule of Law versus the Order of Custom
255(26)
Job and the Trickster
281(11)
The Inauthenticity of Anthropology: The Myth of Structuralism
292(40)
What History Is
332(20)
Epilogue 352(7)
Notes 359(16)
Index 375

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