Anthropology Confronts the issues of the fashionable World is the 1st English translation of a sequence of lectures Claude Lévi-Strauss brought in Tokyo in 1986. Written with an eye fixed towards the long run as his personal distinct profession was once drawing to an in depth, this quantity offers a synthesis of the author’s significant principles approximately structural anthropology, a box he helped identify. Critiquing insights of his prior writings at the dating among race, historical past, and civilization, Lévi-Strauss revisits the social concerns that by no means ceased to fascinate him.
He starts with the statement that the cultural supremacy loved by means of the West for over centuries is at an finish. worldwide wars and genocides within the 20th century have fatally undermined Western religion in humanity’s development via medical development. Anthropology, besides the fact that, should be the motor vehicle of a brand new “democratic humanism,” broadening conventional frameworks that experience limited cross-cultural understandings of the human situation, and delivering a foundation for inquiries into what different civilizations, comparable to these of Asia, can teach.
Surveying an international close to the twenty-first century, Lévi-Strauss assesses a few of the dilemmas of cultural and ethical relativism a globalized society faces—ethical dimensions of monetary inequality, the increase of alternative different types of spiritual fundamentalism, the promise and peril of genetic and reproductive engineering. A laboratory of suggestion beginning onto the long run, Anthropology Confronts the issues of the fashionable World is a crucial addition to the canon of 1 of the twentieth-century’s so much influential theorists.
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