We Are All Cannibals: And Other Essays by Claude Lévi-StraussWe Are All Cannibals: And Other Essays by Claude Lévi-Strauss

We Are All Cannibals: And Other Essays

byClaude Lévi-StraussForeword byMaurice OlenderTranslated byJane Marie Todd

Hardcover | March 15, 2016

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On Christmas Eve 1951, Santa Claus was hanged and then publicly burned outside of the Cathedral of Dijon in France. That same decade, ethnologists began to study the indigenous cultures of central New Guinea, and found men and women affectionately consuming the flesh of the ones they loved. "Everyone calls what is not their own custom barbarism," said Montaigne. In these essays, Claude Lévi-Strauss shows us behavior that is bizarre, shocking, and even revolting to outsiders but consistent with a people's culture and context.

These essays relate meat eating to cannibalism, female circumcision to medically assisted reproduction, and mythic thought to scientific thought. They explore practices of incest and patriarchy, nature worship versus man-made material obsessions, the perceived threat of art in various cultures, and the innovations and limitations of secular thought. Lévi-Strauss measures the short distance between "complex" and "primitive" societies and finds a shared madness in the ways we enact myth, ritual, and custom. Yet he also locates a pure and persistent ethics that connects the center of Western civilization to far-flung societies and forces a reckoning with outmoded ideas of morality and reason.

Claude Lévi-Strauss was born in Brussels in 1908. He held the chair of social anthropology at the Collège de France from 1959 to 1982 and was elected a member of the Académie Française in 1973. He died in Paris on October 30, 2009.Maurice Olender is maître de conférences at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris.Jane ...
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Title:We Are All Cannibals: And Other EssaysFormat:HardcoverDimensions:176 pagesPublished:March 15, 2016Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Foreword, by Maurice OlenderPart 1: Santa Claus Burned as a Heretic, 1952Part 2: We Are All Cannibals, 1989-20001. "Topsy-Turvydom"2. Is There Only One Type of Development?3. Social Problems: Ritual Female Excision and Medically Assisted Reproduction4. Presentation of a Book by Its Author5. The Ethnologist's Jewels6. Portraits of Artists7. Montaigne and America8. Mythic Thought and Scientific Thought9. We Are All Cannibals10. Auguste Comte and Italy11. Variations on the Theme of a Painting by Poussin12. Female Sexuality and the Origin of Society13. A Lesson in Wisdom from Mad Cows14. The Return of the Maternal Uncle15. Proof by New Myth16. Corsi e ricorsi: In Vico's WakeNotesIndexAbout the Author

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