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Word for the Day: Semiotics

The word for the day was suggested by a former Kindergarten classmate. Carolyn, a retired university music librarian, brought Semiotics to our attention after reading yesterday’s posts on hermeneutics. 288 more words


Respondents' Understandings Illusory

Anthropologist, Claude Levi-Strauss, knows that respondents (he calls them “informants”) are extremely limited in their ability to tell us what’s really going on.  Informants’ accounts of their society’s institutions, he points out, are rationalizations and reinterpretations and must not be confused with the actual social organization.  147 more words

Survey Research

Geomancy: Gnomes, Cantombe, and Eleggua

Go big or go home, right? I’ve been having a useful discussion with Iago over on this post from a few days back and it’s getting complex enough that I want to start talking about some of the issues being raised as independent posts, some of them a bit long. 1,589 more words

Rethinking Old Ideas

- Claude Levi-Strauss

The wise man doesn’t give the right answers, he poses the right questions.


Savage Mind - Quotes

Levi-Strauss, C. (1966). Savage Mind (First Edition edition). London: Littlehampton Book Services Ltd.

  1. The use of more or less abstract terms is a function not of greater or less or intellectual capacity, but of differences in the interest – and their intensity and attention to detail – of particular social groups within the national society.
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Scholarly Writing

“The Song of Hiawatha,” a Prologue

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow‘s The Song of Hiawatha, published in 1855, will be posted today or early tomorrow, but it may require a short follow-up article. 564 more words


Every Fact was a Myth at First

Many people believe that mythology is folklore but it is much more than that. Folklore is more specific to a single area or territory. As opposed to mythology which is much broader and encompasses a much larger part of society. 657 more words