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doc ä Tristes Tropiues ✓ Paperback Read æ dogsalonbristol Ù [Read] ➵ Tristes Tropiues ➼ Claude Lévi-Strauss – Dogsalonbristol.co.uk Más ue un libro de viajes el presente texto es un libro sobre los viajes sobre cómo y por ué puede alguien llegar a hacerse etnólogo y sobre eAs cuestiones cotejando sus recuerdos y proponiendo un recorrido ue no renuncie a los pintorescos detalles pero ue a la vez los sitúe en una perspectiva más ampl Ok so let me first say for a book that starts with the line “I hate travelling and explorers” Tristes Tropiues gave me this intense restless urge to travel to see everything that’s mentioned the 365 churches of Bahia the slopes of the Corcovado Jehangir’s tomb in Lahore the Taj Mahal the markets of Calcutta New Delhi Karachi Dacca; the Pantanal the largest swamp in the world An urge to learn as much as I can about the creation myths of every culture in the world their beliefs about the afterlife their music their food their concepts of value and exchange their languages their ways of adapting to the environment etc But even though this urge is real I feel it so concretely and I’m sure Levi Strauss did too one of the main themes of Tristes Tropiues is a skepticism towards the value of travel in all forms Anthropology is one of those forms Why do we travel why do we want to learn about other cultures than our own?So Levi Strauss sets out on his mission to find humans at their most basal state He thinks that if he can find a group of people that has never made contact with Western culture he can find the secrets underlying human nature and maybe develop some sort of universal theory But I think it is a grand error to see the Nambikwara for example as an example of the most elementary social structure How could it be “elementary” if they have their own independently developed language system of myths rituals taboos etc that have gone through thousands of years of evolution just like any other culture we see today? It just seems elementary because it is adapted for something different their evolution was oriented toward goals very different from those of the westOver and over again throughout his journey to the interior of Brazil Levi Strauss laments not being able to access “real” culture but rather one that was already “tainted” by Western influence The places he visits only carry “vestiges of a vanished reality” But is this not reality itself? What makes one place real than another? Sometimes reality isn’t as exotic as you thought it might be This doesn’t make it any less real but maybe it makes it less valuable to you according to your expectations “I wished I had lived in the days of real journeys” he says “When it was possible to see the full splendour of a spectacle that had not yet been blighted polluted and spoilt” I mean I do too It sucks that these cultures are disappearing so that I can’t enjoy them in all their authentic different than me glory But is every “other” really just another “spectacle”? Is anthropology just another form of tourism? “When was the best time to see India?” Levi Strauss asks as if it is the aurora borealis or the dolphin show at SeaWorld He sees travelling to these pristine places as a form of “escapism” from what? The unreality of the west? Unfortunately for him he is disappointed everywhere he goes Polynesia is covered in concrete Sao Paolo looks like a movie set the Taj Mahal is full of British newlyweds on their honeymoons shanty towns have spread across Africa wah He laments this cultural loss because now nothing is left for him to take in the form of anthropological study He never laments the sociopolitical conditions that forced people to live in these ”monocultures” in the first place Sometimes not even the most basic needs are met and people are dying from hunger and all sorts of diseases But hey I guess that’s not his job to be political he’s supposed to be an Objective ObserverHere is the crux anthropologists are trained to be objective towards the cultures that they study yet it’s perfectly acceptable to be subjective about one’s own culture They’re trained to look at cannibalism pestilence etc as objective features of a particular society without making any value judgement But why should we be objective about these things if people are suffering? I’m not saying that I have a one size fits all solution that is applicable to every case nor should we impose a particular western ideal of wellbeing onto other cultures But why are some cultures OK to criticize and others no? Levi Strauss takes a stand on this uestion “The society we belong to is the only society we are in a position to transform without any risk of destroying it since the changes introduced by us are coming from within the society itself”But idk about this at all First of all it maintains the assumption that societies are these discrete immutable units and further that individuals only ever belong to one society Finally it assumes that transforming a culture is destroying it and that this is a risk which must be avoided But culture is not a static thing it is always in a process of change So what makes one culture better than another? I think this is the Unanswerable uestion because anyone answering it will always already be imbued with a particular social background Also is there any inherent value in preserving the traditions authenticity or “reality” of a culture in the face of constant change? For the western anthropologist yes But for the individuals belonging to the constantly shifting cultures themselves?? This throws Levi Strauss into an existential hole in the final chapters “Why did I come here? Was it a trick on my part a clever diversion which would allow me to resume my career with additional advantages for which I would be given credit? Or did my decision express a deep seated incompatibility with my social setting so that whatever happened I would inevitably live in a state of ever greater estrangement from it? The value that the anthropologist attaches to foreign societies has no independent foundation; it is a function of his disdain for the customs prevailing in his native setting” Anyways I’m giving this book 5 stars because Even though there are lots of things I disagree with that disagreement is productive Levi Strauss writes beautifully Tristes Tropiues is much like literary nonfiction than “legit anthropology” whatever that is He has a profound appreciation of the sublime making detailed observations about mountains jungles plant ecosystems etc some passages reminiscent of the final chapter of Darwin’s Origin of Species He even has a whole chapter just about sunsets and their characteristics Levi Strauss really just makes me want to learn and experience as much as I can before I die

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Ntegran las aventuras del explorador y las investigaciones del científico hasta llegar a formar la experiencia propia del etnólogo El autor trata de analizar est I don't think I can say it any better than SS Tristes Tropiues is one of the great books of our century It is rigorous subtle and bold in thought It is beautifully written And like all great books it bears an absolutely personal stamp; it speaks with a human voiceOnly forty pages in and I already sense that this will be one of the best books I've read in the last five yearsI wished I had lived in the days of real journeys when it was still possible to see the full splendor of a spectacle that had not yet been blighted polluted and spoiled; I wished I had not trodden that ground as myself but as Bernier Tavernier or Manucci did In short I have only two possibilities either I can be like some traveller of the olden days who was faced with a stupendous spectacle all or almost all of which eluded him or worse still filled him with scorn and disgust; or I can be a modern traveller chasing after the vestiges of a vanished reality I lose on both countsfor while I complain of being able to glimpse no than the shadow of the past I may be insensitive to reality as it is taking shape at this very moment since I have not reached the stage of development at which I would be capable of perceiving it A few hundred years hence in this same place another traveler as despairing as myself will mourn the disappearance of what I might have seen but failed to see I am subject to a double infirmity all that I perceive offends me and I constantly reproach myself for not seeing as much as I should

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Tristes TropiuesMás ue un libro de viajes el presente texto es un libro sobre los viajes sobre cómo y por ué puede alguien llegar a hacerse etnólogo y sobre el modo en ue se i Nice combination of travel memoir anthropology and confession

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