French anthropologist Claude Levi-Strauss dies

Author: AP

The French intellectual was regarded as having reshaped the field of
anthropology, introducing the concept of structuralism ? concepts about
common patterns of behavior and thought, especially myths, in a wide range
of human societies. Defined as the search for the underlying patterns of
thought in all forms of human activity, structuralism compared the formal
relationships among elements in any given system.

During his six-decade career, Levi-Strauss authored literary and
anthropological classics including “Tristes Tropiques” (1955), “The Savage
Mind” (1963) and “The Raw and the Cooked” (1964).

Jean-Mathieu Pasqualini, chief of staff at the Academie Francaise, said an
homage to Levi-Strauss was planned for Thursday, with members of the society
? of which Levi-Strauss was a member ? standing during a speech to honor his
memory.

Born on 28 November, 1908, in Brussels, Belgium, Levi-Strauss was the son of
French parents of Jewish origin. He studied in Paris and went on to teach in
Sao Paulo, Brazil and conduct much of the research that led to his
breakthrough books in the South American giant.

Levi-Strauss also won worldwide acclaim and was awarded honorary doctorates
universities including Harvard, Yale and Oxford, as well as universities in
Sweden, Mexico and Canada.

He is survived by his sons Roman and Laurent.

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