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Tristes tropiques

Claude Levi-Strauss ; translated by John Weightman and Doreen Weightman ; introduction and notes by Patrick Wilcken.
  • New York : Penguin Books, ©2012.
  • viii, 424 pages, [16] pages of plates : illustrations ; 22 cm.
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Summary
  • This watershed work records Claude Lévi-Strauss's search for "a human society reduced to its most basic expression." From the Amazon basin through the dense upland jungles of Brazil, Lévi-Strauss found the societies he was seeking among the Caduveo, Bororo, Nambikwara, and Tupi-Kawahib. More than merely recounting his time in their midst, Tristes Tropiques places the cultural practices of these peoples in a global context and extrapolates a fascinating theory of culture that has given the book an importance far beyond the fields of anthropology and continental philosophy. The author's fresh approach, sense of humor, and openness to the sensuous mystique of the tropics make the scientific thrust of the book eminently accessible. -- Back cover.
Contents
  • PART ONE. AN END TO JOURNEYING. 1. Setting Out --- 2. On Board Ship --- 3. The West Indies --- 4. The Quest for Power ---- PART TWO. TRAVEL NOTES. 5. Looking Back --- 6. The Making of an Anthropologist --- 7. Sunset ---- PART THREE. THE NEW WORLD. 8. The Doldrums --- 9. Guanabara --- 10. Crossing the Tropic --- 11. Sao Paulo ---- PART FOUR. THE EARTH AND ITS INHABITANTS. 12. Towns and Countryside --- 13. Pioneer Zone --- 14. The Magic Carpet --- 15. Crowds --- 16. Markets ---- PART FIVE. CADUVEO. 17. Parana --- 18. Pantanal --- 19. Nalike --- 20. A Native Community and Its Life-Style ---- PART SIX. BORORO. 21. Gold and Diamonds --- 22. Virtuous Savages --- 23. The Living and the Dead ---- PART SEVEN. NAMBIKWARA. 24. The Lost World --- 25. In the Sertao --- 26. On the Line --- 27. Family Life --- 28. A Writing Lesson --- 29. Men, Women and Chiefs ---- PART EIGHT. TUPI-KAWAHIB. 30. A Canoe Trip --- 31. Robinson Crusoe --- 32. In the Forest --- 33. The Village of the Crickets --- 34. The Farce of the Japim Bird --- 35. Amazonia --- 36. Seringal ---- PART NINE. THE RETURN. 37. The Apotheosis of Augustus --- 38. A Little Glass of Rum --- 39. Taxila --- 40. The Kyong.
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  • "This translation first published in Great Britain by Jonathan Cape 1973"--Title page verso.
  • Includes bibliographical references and index.
  • Language: Translated from the French.
ISBN
  • 9780143106258
  • 0143106252
Identifying numbers
  • LCCN: 2012376017
  • OCLC: 757669431
  • OCLC: 757669431