Primitive Classification (Routledge Revivals)

Primitive Classification (Routledge Revivals)

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In this influential work, first published in English in 1963, Durkheim and Mauss claim that the individual mind is capable of classification and they seek the origin of the a€˜classificatory functiona€™ in society. On the basis of an intensive examination of forms and principles of symbolic classification reported from the Australian aborigines, the ZuApi and traditional China, they try to establish a formal correspondence between social and symbolic classification. From this they argue that the mode of classification is determined by the form of society and that the notions of space, time, hierarchy, number, class and other such cognitive categories are products of society. Dr Needhama€™s introduction assesses the validity of Durkhiem and Maussa€™s argument, traces its continued influence in various disciplines, and indicates its analytical value for future researches in social anthropology.His analytical task, consequently, is first of all to apprehend a mode of classification. This is the topic of the essay by Emile Durkheim and Marcel Mauss which is presented here. ... have been: A‰mile Durkheim, Sociologya#39; and Philosophy, translated by D. F. Pocock with an introduction by J. G. Peristiany, 1953; Marcel Mauss, anbsp;...

Title:Primitive Classification (Routledge Revivals)
Author:Emile Durkheim, Marcel Mauss
Publisher:Routledge - 2009-12-15


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