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Edmund Leach

15 July 1982
Myth, Religion and Society: Structuralist Essays 
by M. Detienne, L. Gernet, J-P. Vernant and P. Vidal-Naquet, edited by R.L. Gordon.
Cambridge/Editions de la Maison des Sciences de l’Homme, 306 pp., £20, January 1982, 0 521 22780 1
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The Anthropological Circle: Symbol, Function, History 
by Marc Augé.
Cambridge/Editions de la Maison des Sciences de l’Homme, 131 pp., £12.50, January 1982, 0 521 23236 8
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... life is not lived out within the context of a single set of synchronous events, however neatly they may appear to fit together into a single functioning whole. And that perhaps is the main point in MarcAugé’s slim volume of critical essays. He perceives the various schools of anthropology, both past and present, as identified with three primary axes which boil down to ‘structuralism ...

Pods and Peds

Caroline Maclean: Iain Sinclair

18 November 2004
Dining on Stones, or, The Middle Ground 
by Iain Sinclair.
Hamish Hamilton, 449 pp., £16.99, April 2004, 0 241 14236 9
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... of light, an echo of poetry, a quiver of life – Sinclair’s urban stroller delights in the diesel fumes of motorways, the junk-spaces of hotels and airports: in-between places. The sociologist MarcAugé calls these ‘non-places’, a series of unconnected zones filled with unconnected objects: a world where people are born in the clinic and die in hospital, where transit points and temporary ...

Abolish everything!

Andrew Hussey: Situationist International

2 September 1999
The Situationist City 
by Simon Sadler.
MIT, 248 pp., £24.95, March 1998, 0 262 19392 2
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... the movement as a dead avant-garde, a museum piece. Similarly in France, although Situationist writings have been a significant influence on such Post-Modernist figures as Baudrillard, Virilio and MarcAugé, Situationism itself, with its demands for perpetual revolutionary conflict, is often considered as no more than a primitive antecedent of the subtler, more nuanced Post-Modern critique of a ...

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