Le roti et le bouilli: levi-strauss' theory of cannibalism

American Anthropologist Vol/Iss. 71 Published In Pages: 54-69
By Shankman, Paul


This article empirically examines Levi-Strauss’ (1966) theory on cannibalism, that “an analysis of cooking [and by extension cannibalism] as a language will reveal certain structural oppositions in society” (54). Theoretical and methodological weaknesses indicate cooking may not be analogous to language and therefore linguistic theory is not applicable for the analysis of cannibalism.

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