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Louis Dumont and Hierarchical Opposition
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Louis Dumont (1911-1988) was one of the most gifted anthropologists and social scientists of his generation. His work is most significant for containing several important advances on Claude Levi-Strauss's model of binary oppositions. This text not only introduces his theories, and the work he did on India and modern individualism, but discusses his impact on the academic community and his place within the discipline of anthropology as a whole. By the end, we are shown the value of his original insights, and also the continuing relevance of a structuralist approach, developed far beyond the limitations it had when associated exclusively with Levi-Strauss.

Philosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesAnthropology Publisher: Berghahn Books, Incorporated Publication Date: 24/03/2003 ISBN-13: 9781571815781  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Robert Parkin is a social anthropologist who took his doctorate at the University of Oxford in 1984 for a thesis on kinship in south and southeast Asia. He subsequently undertook research in Poland and India, and is currently a lecturer at the University of Kent at Canterbury. His other books include The Munda of Central India (Oxford University Press, 1992), The Dark Side of Humanity: the Work of Robert Hertz and its Legacy (Harwood, 1996) and Kinship: An Introduction to Basic Concepts (Blackwell, 1997).

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