Thursday, November 5, 2009
Claude Levi-Strauss: 1908-2009
The great, dare we say legendary, anthropologist Claude Levi-Strauss passed away this past weekend at the ripe age of 100. Levi-Strauss is largely responsible for establishing the structuralist school in anthropology, which emphasized the prevalence of binary opposition in culture, myths, language, and the like. I recall reading some of his work for a Theories of Myth course, which provided a fascinating of viewing the creation and roles of myths. Few anthropologists have had such an impact within their own field and beyond, as Claude Levi-Strauss.