• Events
SEE ALL
Oct 23
Concert
Musical Paris 1870-1940 at Rhodes College Oct 23, 2017 613 University Street, Memphis, TN 38112
Oct 21
TOUR
US Tour | Christiane Taubira Oct 20-Nov 1, 2017 Alliance Française Mpls/St Paul 113 N First Street Minneapolis, MN 55401
Oct 21
TOUR
US Tour | Christiane Taubira Oct 20-Nov 1, 2017 University of Minnesota, Cowles Auditorium, Humphrey Center, 301 19th Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55455

Anthropology Confronts the Problems of the Modern World

Claude Lévi-Strauss | Translated by Jane Marie Todd | March 2013

Anthropology Confronts the Problems of the Modern World is the first English translation of a series of lectures Claude Lévi-Strauss delivered in Tokyo in 1986. Written with an eye toward the future as his own distinguished career was drawing to a close, this volume presents a synthesis of the author’s major ideas about structural anthropology, a field he helped establish. Critiquing insights of his earlier writings on the relationship between race, history, and civilization, Lévi-Strauss revisits the social issues that never ceased to fascinate him.

He begins with the observation that the cultural supremacy enjoyed by the West for over two centuries is at an end. Global wars and genocides in the twentieth century have fatally undermined Western faith in humanity’s improvement through scientific progress. Anthropology, however, can be the vehicle of a new “democratic humanism,” broadening traditional frameworks that have restricted cross-cultural understandings of the human condition, and providing a basis for inquiries into what other civilizations, such as those of Asia, can teach.

Surveying a world on the brink of the twenty-first century, Lévi-Strauss assesses some of the dilemmas of cultural and moral relativism a globalized society faces—ethical dimensions of economic inequality, the rise of different forms of religious fundamentalism, the promise and peril of genetic and reproductive engineering. A laboratory of thought opening onto the future, Anthropology Confronts the Problems of the Modern World is an important addition to the canon of one of the twentieth-century’s most influential theorists.

 


“This new translation provides an accessible gloss on the unique special contributions of a dynamic thinker who forever altered the course of anthropology.”—Publishers Weekly

 

More info: Harvard Univesity Press

 

RECENTLY PUBLISHED