The View from Afar

Claude Lévi-Strauss

translated from the French
Penguin 1987
A book review by Danny Yee © 1992
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.

July 1992

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%T The View from Afar
%A Lévi-Strauss, Claude
%M French
%F Neugroschel, Joachim
%F Hoss, Phoebe
%I Penguin
%D 1987
%O paperback, bibliography, index
%G ISBN 0140552006
%P xvi,311pp