Claude Levi-Strauss, a French anthropologist most known for his contributions to structuralism, died on Friday, October 30. I have pulled together a few resources on his life and contributions to anthropology.
- New York Times Obituary
- Great post from Savage Minds Blog
- Marshall Sahlins remembers Levi-Strauss
- “Father Christmas Executed”
Finally, as an aside, I really liked what Sahlins says about anthropology’s contribution to knowledge:
Finally, one finds more than one suggestion in Levi-Strauss’s works that since anthropologists are of the same intellectual nature as the peoples they study, they have possibilities of knowing the cultures of others that are in some respects more powerful than the ways natural scientists know physical objects. The more one learns about the composition of rocks, the less they are like anything in human experience. Unlike the way rocks will always appear to us, science shows there are spaces between and within the molecules, and beyond that, at the level of quantum mechanics our knowledge defies all common sense of space and time. But if natural science starts off with the experientially familiar and ends in the humanly remote, anthropology works the other way around.