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Maurice Godelier is Professor of Anthropology at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris. One of the world's most influential anthropologists, Godelier has written numerous works including Rationality and Irrationality in Economics, The Mental and the Material, The Making of Great Men and The Metamorphoses of Kinship.


"All would agree on the influence of the voluminous oeuvre of Levi-Strauss within the history of the Human Sciences. To come to terms with it, we need a reliable guide, such as this. Students of kinship, myth, or mythical thinking may disagree with some of Godelier's positions, but have here a splendid basis on which to build."
--Nick Allen, University of Oxford

"Maurice Godelier, eminent French anthropologist, surveys and assesses, sympathetically and critically, the mass of writings on kinship and mythology of another eminent French anthropologist, Claude Levi-Strauss. This deep engagement of the one with the other is, for readers, both a pleasure and a powerful tool."
--Thomas R. Trautmann, Professor Emeritus, University of Michigan "Cuts through the fog of commentary surrounding the legacy of this most enigmatic of scholars, to address Levi-Strauss's legacy in its own, properly anthropological terms. The book is a joy to read." --Tim Ingold, University of Aberdeen

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