The Vicissitudes of Totemism Paperback

One Hundred Years After Totem and Taboo

by Gerard Lucas;

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The Vicissitudes of Totemism

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After being the subject of many studies up until 1914,Totemism seemed to disappear from the literature. The publication of Freud's work Totem and Taboo was initially greeted with silence, and subsequently with rare and hostile reactions. C. Levi-Strauss was one of the only ones to devote a book to Totemism, but considered it as an illusion. Eminent members of the English School of Anthropology contested this view in the name of long field experience.Totemism appears in Freud's work as a way of dealing with one of the canonical forms of human destructiveness, namely, parricide. Why did eminent men find it impossible to utilize this book and those that followed it in the interwar period? The mass murders in Nazi Germany and Stalinist Russia, however different they may have been, have in common the scope and horror of their consequences that became unrepresentable for Europeans for more than thirty years. Did this delay, and the attitudes towards authority of the following generations, result from a logic of "resistance" aimed at reestablishing refusals that did not take place at the time?
The Western world seems to have forgotten the strength of family ties and of religion in the world.

The Vicissitudes of Totemism by Gerard Lucas was published by Karnac Books in September 2015. The ISBN for The Vicissitudes of Totemism is 9781782202622.

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Details for The Vicissitudes of Totemism

Page last updated 27th July 2016
Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback
PublisherKarnac Books (September 2015)
Number of Pages288
Thickness23 mm
Height230 mm
Width147 mm
Product Code4320613
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