"The century of Claude Lévi-Strauss

The century of Claude Lévi-Strauss

How the great anthropologist, now approaching his 100th birthday, has earned a place in the prestigious Pléiade library

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In 1938, the French anthropologist Claude Lévi-Strauss drove a mule train up a derelict telegraph line, which wound its way across the scrublands of Mato Grosso state in Brazil. He headed an ethnographic team conducting fieldwork among the semi-nomadic Nambikwara who roamed the plains through the dry season. Photographs from the journey look dated even for their era. Men in pith helmets mingling with virtually naked tribesmen, mules heaving crates of equipment through the wilderness, laden-down canoes and jungle campsites – it all has the feel of some grand nineteenth-century scientific expedition. Yet, after the Second World War, Lévi-Strauss would add a modern twist to anthropology with the development of a completely new way of thinking about ethnographic data.

Review of The Museum of Innocence ( Masumiyet Müzesi )

Orhan Pamuk’s Masumiyet Muzesi

I was on business trip to Istanbul Turkey again between July and August.
29th of August 2008 Orhan Pamuk’s latest novel (Masumiyet Muzesi) was published in Turkey, so I wanted to buy before I flew back to USA. I was working in many locations; it was hard to find a bookstore that sells even Nobel Prize winner book.

Foucault and Deleuze conversation online

By Jeremy on Uncategorized

“Intellectuals and Power” a 1972 conversation between Foucault and Deleuze is available online. It was previously published in Language, Counter-Memory, Practice (ed. Donald Bouchard, 1977), and in Foucault Live ( ed. Sylvere Lotringer, 1996). This is the conversation where Foucault famously discusses the role of the intellectual: FOUCAULT: The intellectual’s role is no longer to place himself

Nobel Prize Winners Urge Italy to Stop Mafia Threats on Author’s Life

In comorra

Bestselling author Ian McEwan is speaking out against the Neopolitan mafia’s public death threats against author Roberto Saviano. Saviano wrote an expose of the Naples mafia (the Comorroa) titled Gomorrah which was a bestseller. The Comorra has said that Saviano will be dead by Christmas. Infuriated that the Italian government isn’t taking the threat seriously, a number of Noble laureates started a petition demanding that the Italian government put a stop the threats from the mafia.

What are the barriers to open access teaching tools?

By llwynn

I just came from a presentation at Macquarie University on using multimedia presentations to inspire students and facilitate learning. But I came away from the lecture thinking about how people hoard their teaching tools (and how universities hoard their lecturers’ teaching tools), and wondering what to think about that.

What is practice theory?

By John Postill on sociology

Extract from Postill, J. (forthcoming) Introduction: Theorising media and practice. In Bräuchler, B. and J. Postill (eds) Theorising Media and Practice. Oxford and New York: Berghahn.

Mediated Crossroads: Identity, Youth Culture and Ethnicity

Mediated Crossroads: Identity, Youth Culture and Ethnicity. Theoretical and Methodological Challenges
Editors: Ingegerd Rydin & Ulrika Sjöberg

Immanent spirituality

By Patrick Lee Miller on A Secular Age

<p></p>A worthy touchstone to arbitrate between worldviews immanent and transcendent is the désir d’éternité, the "desire to gather together the scattered moments of meaning into some kind of whole." According to Charles Taylor, who adduces this touchstone, only transcendence has a satisfactory response to its longing: personal immortality. What response, if any, remains for immanence? Must it invent comic masks to hide the frown of an indifferent world? Must it surrender everything to the river of a senseless time? Must it be mute before the anguish of the bereaved? […]

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