The Essential Edmund Leach (Hardcover)
Volume 2: Culture and Human Nature
Yale University Press, 9780300085082, 432pp.
Publication Date: March 11, 2001
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Culture and Human Nature reflects the changing focus of Leach’s academic interests, away from a concern with politics, kinship, and social structure toward a structuralist analysis of myth and symbolism and an interest in Freudian psychology. These cogent and provocative pieces shed light on less well-known subjects of Leach’s interest: material culture, art, and cross-cultural aesthetics; the body and the senses; race, ethnocentrism, and the origins of conflict and violence.
Alongside such celebrated pieces as “Magical Hair,” the volume also offers a group of Leach’s popular writings and lectures, showing how he applied ideas developed in academic argument to wider public debate—about controversial court cases, current events, and issues ranging from children’s fiction and education to urban planning. Whether addressing an issue as topical as the death of Winston Churchill or as theoretical as the philosophy of Lévi-Strauss, Leach unfailingly leads the reader on a thought-provoking journey.