Book Chapter

Textual form and social formation in evans-pritchard and lévi-strauss

M Herzfeld

Writing the Social Text: Poetics and Politics in Social Science Discourse | Published : 2017


This chapter presents a conflate two different dimensions of anthropological inquiry-the properties of the ethnographic text and the eventlike qualities of expressive performance-by addressing the form that events take in major anthropological texts. E. E. Evans-Pritchard’s The Nuer and Claude Levi-Strauss’s Tristes Tropiques both claim to address the underlying form that structures events-The Nuer in the political model of segmentation, Tristes Tropiques, more indirectly, through the suggestive analogy between the experience of travel and the rite of passage. The chapter suggests that their own textual form structures one’s perception of how those events actually work. It examines a larger ..

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