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More on Levi-Strauss

Submitted by Jim Aune on December 24, 2009 - 4:26pm

Marshall Sahlins, commenting on the anthropologist's legacy and applying it to what we might call the rhetoric of economics:


David Harvey's Long View

Submitted by Jim Aune on December 21, 2009 - 3:44pm

The great Marxist geographer diagnoses the current global economic situation. I am more skeptical about his analysis of left-wing forces, although it is admirably pluralistic. He also underestimates the threat posed by right-wing reaction (and the need for procedural liberalism and the rule of law both nationally and internationally).


Jews and Modernism/Modernity

Submitted by Jim Aune on December 19, 2009 - 8:38pm

DBeard, DGore, looks interesting: "The Merchant of Modernism examines how the figure of the economic Jew symbolizes the struggle of authors from Dickens to Pound to reconcile their critique of capitalism with their own literary practices and how the shifting of the representations of this figure parallels the development of literary Modernism.


My Morning Revelation

Submitted by Jim Aune on December 19, 2009 - 10:00am

Those of you who follow presidential rhetoric studies know that much of the current scholarly discussion of the presidency "going public" was sparked by Jeffrey Tulis's book The Rhetorical Presidency. Quite a bit of energy has been spent on falsifying his argument that presidents didn't go public until TR/Wilson (notably this book by Mel Laracey).


Le Corbusier as Modernist Orator

Submitted by Jim Aune on December 17, 2009 - 8:56pm

Looks interesting: a new book on the famed High Modernist's speeches explaining modernism--for my friends and colleagues of the Modernism Project. (An aside; of all the arts, is it fair to say that Modernist architecture was the worst? Painting, sculpture, dance, literature--all were enriched. Modernist music still searches for an audience, but Berg and Schoenberg, just to name two modernist composers, are major figures.


Modernity, Revisited

Submitted by Jim Aune on December 10, 2009 - 7:15pm

A libertarian's critique (with useful summary of other accounts of modernization) of the Eurocentric character of our speculations on the origin of modernity.


Culture, Causality, Social Theory

Submitted by Jim Aune on December 2, 2009 - 1:40pm

An interesting study, the first longitudinal test of the "Weber thesis" on Protestantism and capitalism. Some discussion here. Do read the comments on the latter blog.


More on Levi-Strauss

Submitted by Jim Aune on November 19, 2009 - 6:50am

A nifty overview by the great Marshall Sahlins.


Roads Not Taken

Submitted by Jim Aune on November 7, 2009 - 1:16pm

I've been reading Bernard Williams's remarkable book Shame and Necessity, a study of agency and responsibility in Greek tragedy and how these concepts relate to our own. (Williams's style is a model of lucidity, the English philosophical style at its very best.) One topic in the book (pp. 44-46) is the notion of akrasia, unhappily translated as either "weakness of will" or "incontinence" (!), about which there is a vast scholarly literature.


Sontag on Levi-Strauss

Submitted by Jim Aune on November 6, 2009 - 12:58pm

Susan Sontag's 1963 NYRB review of his Structural Anthropology. I think it may be time for that joint UT-TAMU conference on the legacy of structuralism.