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Structural anthropology – Wikipedia

African tribal societies employ descent as their primary organizational principle. Much earlier, and some miles north of Paris, a specific type of applied anthropology emerged at Leiden UniversityNetherlands that focused frequently on the relationship between apparent cultural phenomena found in the Indonesian archipelago: He showed too that the ways people initially categorized animals, treesand other natural features, were based on a series of oppositions.

However, matrilateral generalised exchange poses a risk as group A depends on receiving a woman from a group that it has not itself given a woman to, producing a less immediate obligation to reciprocate compared to a restricted exchange system. The most recent chairs were held by J.

Overall, some lineages would accumulate more wives and material wealth than others, meaning that the system was not driven primarily by reciprocity.

Statements consisting only of original research should be removed. He called the three kinship structures elementary, semi-complex and complex. This “mother’s brother” from the perspective of the wife-seeking son plays a crucial role in alliance theory, as he is the one who ultimately decides whom his daughter will marry.


Anthropologie structurale

He thought that in practice there would be competition for women, leading to accumulation and therefore asymmetries in the system. Also, social cohesion through reciprocity does not have to rest primarily on the bride exchange. The second form of exchange within elementary structures is called generalised exchange, meaning that a man can only marry either his MBD matrilateral cross-cousin marriage or his FZD patrilateral cross-cousin marriage.


These status inequalities can destabilise the entire system or can at least lead to an accumulation of wives and in the case of the Kachin, also of bridewealth at one end of the chain. Just as speakers can talk without awareness of grammar, he argued, humans are unaware of the workings of social structures in daily life. He showed, for example, how opposing ideas would fight and were resolved to establish the rules of marriagemythology and ritual.

By overstressing the structural significance of affinal ties, alliance theory effectively neglected the importance of descent and genealogical ties. Hegel explains that every situation presents two opposing things and their resolution; Fichte had termed these ” thesis, antithesis, and synthesis.

Culture, he claimed, has to take into account both life and death and needs to have a way of mediating between the two. He found that the latter’s analysis of the Kachin contained serious flaws. This article has multiple issues. In others, alliances are of primary significance, as in e. Elementary structures can operate based on two forms of exchange: Accordingly, he grouped all possible kinship systems into a scheme containing three basic kinship structures constructed out of two types of exchange.

Strkcturale model explained practices that were not observed. In South America he showed that there are “dual organizations” throughout Amazon rainforest cultures, and that these “dual organizations” represent opposites and their synthesis. The Yanomami fit very well into the alliance theory mold, while the Tallensi or Azande do not. Leach charged the latter with neglecting the effects of material conditions on social relations.

This type of anthropology, developed by late nineteenth-century and early twentieth-century scholars, was eventually called “de Leidse Richting,” or “de Leidse School,”. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. In theory, Kachin groups were supposed to marry in a circle ideally consisting of five groups.


Archaeological Biological Cultural Linguistic Social. This involves an asymmetric exchange between at least three groups. Continued restricted exchange means that the two lineages marry together. Roman Jakobson and others analysed sounds based on the presence or absence of certain features, such as “voiceless” vs. Through the gift, the givers give part of themselves, imbuing the gift a certain structuralr that compels a response.

Anthropologie structurale deux – Wikipedia

And even if reciprocity was the primary principle that underlies marriages, the return would not have to be in kind but could take other forms such as money, livestock, services or favours of various kinds. The structures that form the “deep grammar” of society originate in the mind and operate unconsciously albeit not in a Strauws sense. Boyer pointed out that experimental research on concepts in psychology have not supported a structuralistic view of concepts, but rather a theory-oriented or prototype-based view.

Gift exchanges, therefore play straus crucial role in creating and maintaining social relationships by establishing bonds struccturale obligations. From a structural perspective matrilateral cross-cousin marriage is superior to its patrilateral counterpart; the latter has less potential to produce social cohesion since its exchange cycles are shorter the direction of wife exchange is reversed in each successive generation.

According to Leach, in Kachin reality instabilities arose primarily from competition for bridewealth. Structuralism’s main propositions were not formulated in a way so that they could be subject to verification or falsification.

Levi Strauss Anthropologie Structurale, 1958

Multiple researchers were educated in this school. The “Leiden” perspective drove research for many decades, influencing successive generations of anthropologists. Structuralism Anthropology Anthropology books.