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Levi-Strauss Passes at 100

French anthropologist Claude Levi-Strauss has passed away at the age of 100. Best known for introducing structuralism into the discipline, Lévi-Strauss contributed greatly to our understanding of non-Western cultures and was a passionate defender of the humanity of all peoples. He was a prolific author, publishing more than 20 books, including Tristes tropiques (1955), The Savage Mind (1962), Structural Anthropology (1958; trans. 1963), and Mythologiques I-IV (1961-1971). Although this is a sad day for anthropology, his legacy will live on through the lives and disciplines he has helped shape.

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  1. The passing of an era.

  2. [...] Levi-Strauss Passes at 100 from American Anthropological Association by Brian [...]

  3. [...] of the news that Lévi-Strauss has passed away, including an obituary at the New York Times and a collection of links at the AAA blog. Our blog—whose name is inspired by Lévi-Strauss—has discussed him in the past [...]

  4. [...] The AAA has a more clinical obituary, but includes links to news articles. [...]

  5. I joined Edgardo Krebs and Paul Taylor in nominating L-S for the Smithson Bicentennial Medal just in time to prevent a posthumous presentation to his family. We also engineered a congratulatory letter from President Obama, son of anthropologist Ann Dunham. These were small “return gifts” for his having introduced me to the ideas of Marcel Mauss in seminars at the Musee de l’Homme in 1951-52. A second edition of my Gifts and Nations book was dedicated to L-S, Margaret Mead and Alfred Kroeber. Among my many debts to him are insights about how to extrapolate from a Hopi prayer feather to the whole culture. Indeed, as Mauss asserted, “In the concrete is the whole.” I treasure his quick responses to my correspondence and his hospitality during visits over the years to his Paris laboratory.

  6. [...] of the news that Lévi-Strauss has passed away, including an obituary at the New York Times and a collection of links at the AAA blog. Our blog—whose name is inspired by Lévi-Strauss—has discussed him in the past including some [...]

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