Edmund Leach by Stanley Jeyaraja Tambiah
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Edmund Leach
By Stanley Jeyaraja Tambiah

Edmund Leach

An Anthropological Life

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Edmund Leach by Stanley Jeyaraja Tambiah

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Stanley J. Tambiah discusses the life of Edmund Leach (1910-1989), one of Britain's foremost social and cultural anthropologists, and a man of extraordinary versatility, originality and intellectual breadth. His substantial contributions to anthropology deal with topics including kinship and social organization, hill tribes and valley peoples, tenure and peasant economy, aesthetics, British structural-functional methodology, the structuralism of Levi-Strauss, biblical narratives and the myths of Classical Greece. Leach was not wedded to any settled orthodoxy: what makes his work exciting is his experimentation with new ideas, and his expansions of the horizons of the discipline. His distinctive view of the comparative method allows him to transcend the stale dichotomy between 'them primitives' and 'us moderns', finding instead a dialectic between 'us' and 'them' which opens up the possibility for illuminating common human propensities and capacities.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780521521024
ISBN-10: 0521521025
Format: Paperback
(228mm x 152mm x 33mm)
Pages: 538
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 14-Feb-2002
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Stanley Jeyaraja Tambiah

Stanley J. Tambiah is the Esther and Sidney Rabb Professor of Anthropology at Harvard University. He received his PhD from Cornell University in 1954. He joined the faculty at the University of Cambridge, where he taught for ten years, and was a Fellow of King's College. He went to the University of Chicago in 1973, and moved to Harvard Univesity in 1976. He began field work in Sri Lanka (1956-59), the island of his birth, and and later worked in Thailand. He is the author of eight books.

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