Claude Lévi-Strauss, Date of Birth, Place of Birth, Date of Death


Claude Lévi-Strauss

Belgian anthropologist and ethnologist

Date of Birth: 28-Nov-1908

Place of Birth: Brussels metropolitan area, Brussels-Capital Region, Belgium

Date of Death: 30-Oct-2009

Profession: photographer, writer, politician, professor, psychologist, pedagogue, ethnologist, sociologist, anthropologist, philosopher, mythographer

Nationality: Belgium, France

Zodiac Sign: Sagittarius

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About Claude Lévi-Strauss

  • Claude Lévi-Strauss (; French: [klod levi st?os]; 28 November 1908 – 30 October 2009) was a Belgium-born French anthropologist and ethnologist whose work was key in the development of the theory of structuralism and structural anthropology.
  • He held the chair of Social Anthropology at the Collège de France between 1959 and 1982 and was elected a member of the Académie française in 1973.
  • He received numerous honors from universities and institutions throughout the world and has been called, alongside James George Frazer and Franz Boas, the "father of modern anthropology".Lévi-Strauss argued that the "savage" mind had the same structures as the "civilized" mind and that human characteristics are the same everywhere.
  • These observations culminated in his famous book Tristes Tropiques that established his position as one of the central figures in the structuralist school of thought.
  • As well as sociology, his ideas reached into many fields in the humanities, including philosophy.
  • Structuralism has been defined as "the search for the underlying patterns of thought in all forms of human activity."

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