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Anthropology Confronts the issues of the trendy World is the 1st English translation of a chain of lectures Claude Lévi-Strauss introduced in Tokyo in 1986. Written with an eye fixed towards the longer term as his personal amazing profession used to be 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 courting among race, historical past, and civilization, Lévi-Strauss revisits the social matters that by no means ceased to fascinate him.

He starts with the statement that the cultural supremacy loved through 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 clinical growth. Anthropology, despite the fact that, could be the automobile of a brand new “democratic humanism,” broadening conventional frameworks that experience limited cross-cultural understandings of the human , and supplying a foundation for inquiries into what different civilizations, akin to these of Asia, can teach.

Surveying an international near 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 financial inequality, the increase of other sorts of spiritual fundamentalism, the promise and peril of genetic and reproductive engineering. A laboratory of notion starting onto the longer term, Anthropology Confronts the issues of the trendy World is a crucial addition to the canon of 1 of the twentieth-century’s such a lot influential theorists.

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