By Claude Lévi-Strauss
In addresses written for a large common viewers, one of many 20th century's such a lot trendy thinkers, Claude Lévi-Strauss, right here bargains the insights of a life-time at the an important questions of human life. Responding to questions as assorted as 'Can there be which means in chaos?', 'What can technology research from myth?' and 'What is structuralism?', Lévi-Strauss provides, in transparent, unique language, crucial assistance in the event you are looking to research extra concerning the power of the human brain.
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At the time, I was thinking and writing well, if mostly for my own understanding and the entertainment of a small circle. I was getting a lot of exercise, ski racing with the locals, building onto the house, and so forth. My comeuppance arrived soon enough. I found myself in possession of—there was no denying it—a set of political ideas, which I think are ter ribly important, not to me, but to this country. And so I felt patriotically compelled to ask, how could I actually do politics with these ideas?
Situation, constellation, assemblage—the words have slightly different associations, and sometimes one seems more appropriate than another. No matter: the task at hand is to imagine an ethnographic inquiry that fosters understanding of such hard-to-define locations in the contemporary global ocean. In such inquiries, the “situation” plays the role that “culture” played in traditional ethnography. Like culture, the situation—our situation—is suspected, presumed to exist, as a condition for beginning ethnographic inquiry, but it is not really known.
This is their economic and bureaucratic, and sometimes legal function—disciplines are used to create experts, who are licensed to speak, but narrowly. But many of the best conversations are with people in other disciplines or other bu reaucracies, other sites of knowledge production, without license. The conversations in which I am interested are not disciplinary discourses, in a serious way, are not professional. Instead, I am interested in invitations to step outside, to cross bureaucratic boundaries, and try to communicate.
Myth and Meaning by Claude Lévi-Strauss