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He not only discredited the colonial view with his scientific approach, but also show us a common denominator for all people, a positive manifesto, if you will. We are ruled by the structural myths we think, no matter where we come... we all act differently but we all have a bunch of things which are essentially the same.

Not to mention how useful is this knowledge to understand the world inside the "old metropoli".

And Marcel Mauss was the author of the most important book ever written in french...sur le don is still a masterpiece. Who can understand the present world without it? He was Levi-Strauss baseline, as now Levi-Strauss is the baseline of a whole new set of socioligists.

A pleasure

I therefore claim to show, not how men think in myths, but how myths operate in men's minds without their being aware of the fact. Levi-Strauss, Claude

by kcurie on Wed Nov 4th, 2009 at 12:15:51 PM EST
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