Edmund Leach: An Anthropological Life (Paperback)
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Edmund Leach: An Anthropological Life (Paperback)

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Paperback 538 Pages / Published: 14/02/2002
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Stanley J. Tambiah discusses the life of Edmund Leach (1910-1989), one of Britain's foremost social and cultural anthropologists, and a man of extraordinary versatility, originality and intellectual breadth. His substantial contributions to anthropology deal with topics including kinship and social organization, hill tribes and valley peoples, tenure and peasant economy, aesthetics, British structural-functional methodology, the structuralism of Levi-Strauss, biblical narratives and the myths of Classical Greece. Leach was not wedded to any settled orthodoxy: what makes his work exciting is his experimentation with new ideas, and his expansions of the horizons of the discipline. His distinctive view of the comparative method allows him to transcend the stale dichotomy between 'them primitives' and 'us moderns', finding instead a dialectic between 'us' and 'them' which opens up the possibility for illuminating common human propensities and capacities.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521521024
Number of pages: 538
Weight: 840 g
Dimensions: 228 x 152 x 33 mm

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