The View from Afar
is a collection of essays and talks on various
areas of anthropology: the nature of races; human universals; family,
marriage, and kinship; linguistics; and beliefs, myths, and ritual.
A number of essays address topics such as painting, liberty, education,
and New York. Some of the ideas are fairly abstract, with an emphasis
on a structuralist approach, but Lévi-Strauss uses his comprehensive
knowledge of different myth systems to illustrate them and they always
remain in contact with reality. The result isn't a bad introduction to
the breadth of Lévi-Strauss's work.
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