Claude Lévi-Strauss (1908-2009): The apotheosis of heroic anthropology

Abstract : Claude Lévi-Strauss is one of the greatest interdisciplinary writers of the twentieth century whose influence extends far beyond his own discipline of social anthropology. His inquiry illuminates the borderlands between 'primitive' and non-primitive, self and other, myth and history, human and animal, art and nature, and the dichotomies that give structure to culture, society, history and agency. This commemorative article of his legacy assesses disciplinary and interdisciplinary debates influenced by Levi-Strauss's inquiry and methods, and looks at potential challenges for the future. Lévi-Strauss's ideas continue to be influential in our assessments of what we mean by culture, values, social organization, including social transformations and cultural ideologies such as ethnocentrism, nationalism, fundamentalism, pluralism, neo-liberalism, post-modernism, relativism, humanism and universalism.
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Albert Doja. Claude Lévi-Strauss (1908-2009): The apotheosis of heroic anthropology. Anthropology Today, Wiley, 2010, 26 (5), pp.18-23. ⟨10.1111/j.1467-8322.2010.00758.x⟩. ⟨halshs-00523837⟩

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