From October Books. Combines in one volume Technics and Language and Memory and Rhythms, the cornerstones of Leroi-Gourhan's comprehensive theory of human behavior and cultural development. His bold and coherent revision of both analytic and archaeological methods revolutionized the study of prehistoric culture. His adoption of the structuralist method for the analysis of prehistoric art enabled a radical rethinking and clearer understanding of its nature, with resulting implications for the understanding of the art of our own times, and for a broad range of contemporary issues. Leroi-Gourhan was, for example, concerned with questions of communication, particularly the ways in which new techniques of communication reshape our understanding of language and writing. His work in this field has proved catalytic for the thinking of other major theorists, among them Jacques Derrida.
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Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? Combines in one volume Technics and Language and Memory and Rhythms, the cornerstones of Leroi-Gourhan's comprehensive theory of human behavior and cultural development AndrA c Leroi-Gourhan was an anthropologist and paleontologist whose theoretical endeavors extended well beyond those realms to encompass the culture of the twentieth century and its most advanced developments.
His bold and coherent revision of both analytic and archaeological methods revolutionized the study of prehistoric culture. His adoption of the structuralist method for the analysis of prehistoric art enabled a radical rethinking and clearer understanding of its nature, with resulting implications for the understanding of the art of our own times, and for a broad range of contemporary issues.
Leroi-Gourhan was, for example, concerned with questions of communication, particularly the ways in which new techniques of communication reshape our understanding of language and writing.
His work in this field has proved catalytic for the thinking of other major theorists, among them Jacques Derrida. Gesture and Speech combines in one volume Technics and Language and Memory and Rhythms, which are the cornerstones of Leroi-Gourhan's comprehensive theory of human behavior and cultural development.
In Technics and Language, Leroi-Gourhan looks at prehistoric technology in relation to the development of cognitive and linguistic faculties, expanding on the cultural ramifications of erect posture, a short face, a free hand during locomotion, and possession of movable implements.
Memory and Rhythms approaches its subject from the standpoints of sociology and aesthetics. Here Leroi-Gourhan addresses the problems of instinct and intelligence. He defines the relationship between aesthetic behavior, on the one hand, and species attitudes and the personalization of ethnic groups, on the other, and undertakes a sweeping aesthetic analysis from visceral perception to figurative art, including a discussion of the "language of forms" that makes figurative art an abstract expression of language.
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This provoquing classic of the 20th century intellectual life is still to be known by every inteletual today. After all, nothing less than the arc and trajectory of 'the human adventure' is at stake in this work, one extending from depths of evolutionary time right through to the as-yet unrealized future s of humanity.
Indeed, the very label of 'anthropology' belies the richness of this work, which doesn't so much deal with this or that aspect of human behaviour, so much as it traces the very becoming-human of our species; In truth, less anthropology than anthropogenesis is the wheel upon which 'Gesture and Speech' turns. How then, does the human fable unfold? As told by Leroi-Gourhan, what defines our becoming-human is less the acquisition of any one specific trait, than the progressive 'liberation' and 'exteriorization' of our various biological faculties.
Beginning with the evolution of our bipedal physiognomy, which freed our hands for the purposes of manual manipulation and our mouths for vocalization, so in turn do our memory and muscles follow suit, becoming respectively externalized in society and technology.
One thinks here, for example, of our vast libraries of accumulated knowledge 'offline' in Leroi-Gourhan's day, online in ours! Beyond our mere 'zoological' traits however, space and time themselves become subject to a progressive 'humanization', with cities and communities transforming the environment for the sake of human proclivities; socialized rhythms of work, transport, play and sleep warping and waning the power of non-human cadences - think planetary motion and seasonal change - in ways unthinkable to the nomadic hunter-gatherers of yesteryear.
Art too is given a similar treatment, with L-G tracing the development of human aesthetics from its sensual grounding in taste, touch, sight and smell all the way through to the 'functional aesthetics' of tools and the figurative representations of modern - and pre-modern - art.
All to say nothing of the discussion of language made famous by Jacques Derrida, among others. As might be gleaned from the pithy summary above then, the scope and ambition of Gesture and Speech is simply huge. Far from skimping on the details in favour of the big picture however, part of the book's majesty lies precisely in its elaborate discussion of the minutiae of human action: from the intricate illustrations of prehistoric art and tools, to the detailed examination of skeleto-cranial evolution, all the way to diagrammatic analyses of urban space, Leroi-Gourhan retains the paleontologist's historical sensibility no less than the philosopher's analytic prowess.
With both at play, and to the degree that we remain the protagonists and inheritors of the chronicle presented herein, 'Gesture and Speech' is a work of anthropological magic that simply cannot be overlooked. Go to Amazon. Back to top. Get to Know Us. Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands. Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web. DPReview Digital Photography.
Leroi-Gourhan completed his doctorate on the archaeology of the North Pacific under the supervision of Marcel Mauss. In he received the gold medal of the Centre national de la recherche scientifique. The concretisation of the technical tendency in a particular ethnicity he calls a technical fact. In Milieu et techniques [ Environment and Techniques ] , Leroi-Gourhan develops this into a general theory of the relation between the technical as universal tendency and the ethnic as specific, differentiated concretisation. The human group, according to Leroi-Gourhan, behaves as though it were a living organism, assimilating its exterior milieu via "a curtain of objects", which he also calls an "interposed membrane" and an "artificial envelope", that is, technology. The milieu of the organism is divisible into the exterior milieu geography, climate, animals and vegetation and the interior milieu the shared past of the group, thus "culture", etc. This division enables a clarification of the concept of technical tendency.
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