Anthropologist Claude Levi-Strauss has died

Published on November 4th, 2009 | by Admin


Claude Levi-Strauss, the world-renowned French anthropologist, has died, aged 100.

One of the most influential French intellectuals of the 20th Century, he founded the structuralist school of anthropology in the 1950s.

Levi-Strauss’s books include Tristes Tropiques – a 1955 biographical book regarded as a classic – as well as The Savage Mind and The Raw and the Cooked.

In a tribute, French President Nicolas Sarkozy called Levi-Strauss “one of the greatest ethnologists of all time”.

Levi-Strauss applied the structural approach pioneered by linguistics to anthropology, arguing that family relations and belief systems are best analysed as complex sets of interrelated parts.

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