November 04, 2009

Levi-Strauss' classic example was the taboo on incest

Claude Lévi-Strauss Has Died
from by Kambiz Kamrani

Claude Lévi-Strauss died two days ago. He was 100 years old.
I shouldn’t have to write about his impact to the field of anthropology, in summary it was profound. He authored many texts. He set forth structuralism, a mode of thought by which we can compare relationships between social systems. His contributions to studying cultures and anthropology were deep and he will be missed.


French Anthropologist Claude Levi-Strauss Dies at 100 By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Published: November 3, 2009 PARIS (AP) --

Structuralism -- defined as the search for the underlying patterns of thought in all forms of human activity -- compared the formal relationships among elements in any given system.
Levi-Strauss' classic example was the taboo on incest, present in all societies, which he argued was man's way of promoting and preserving social harmony.
Yet he rejected the title of ''father'' of structuralism, which he said had been badly deformed and its scientific claims exaggerated. He also spoke with modesty of his achievements.

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