By Claude Lévi-Strauss
In addresses written for a large normal viewers, one of many 20th century's such a lot widespread thinkers, Claude Lévi-Strauss, the following bargains the insights of an entire life at the the most important questions of human lifestyles. Responding to questions as diversified as 'Can there be that means in chaos?', 'What can technology research from myth?' and 'What is structuralism?', Lévi-Strauss provides, in transparent, specified language, crucial suggestions if you happen to are looking to research extra in regards to the strength of the human brain.
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Since you take up your abode in the compound of some neighbouring white man, trader or missionary, you have nothing to do, but to start at once on your ethnographic work. Imagine further that you are a beginner, without previous experience, with nothing to guide you and no one to help you. For the white man is temporarily absent, or else unable or unwilling to waste any of his time on you. This exactly describes my first initiation into field-work on the South coast of New Guinea. I well remember the long visits I paid to the villages during the first weeks; the feeling of hopelessness and despair after many obstinate but futile attempts had entirely failed to bring me into real touch with the natives, or supply me with any material.
Though we cannot ask a native about abstract, general rules, we can always enquire how a given case would be treated. ” for even words could not be found to express it in native, or in pidgin. But an imaginary case, or still better, a real occurrence, will stimulate a native to express his opinion and to supply plentiful information. A real case indeed will start the natives on a wave of discussion, evoke expressions of indignation, show them taking sides—all of which talk will probably contain a wealth of definite views, of 45 moral censures, as well as reveal the social mechanism set in motion by the crime committed.
M. K. Gilmour. 6 According to a useful habit of the terminology of science, I use the word Ethnography for the empirical and descriptive results of the science of Man, and the word Ethnology for speculative and comparative theories.