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How structuralism matters

Danilyn Rutherford

Abstract


How does structuralism matter? How does it still matter well past its heyday in anthropology and the other so-called “sciences of man?” In this lecture, which is one part intellectual memoir, one part lay of the land, with some autoethnography involving my disabled daughter thrown in at the end, I suggest that certain premises associated with structuralism are at the heart of anthropology’s most interesting new work.

Keywords


structuralism, Lévi-Strauss, kinship, Elementary structures of kinship, relationality, difference, disability

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.14318/hau6.3.008