In recognition of Claude Lévi-Strauss’ accomplishments and his recent award from the Smithsonian, the AAA is launching a series of short posts by anthropologists whose lives have intersected with this theoretical giant. Best known for introducing structuralism into the discipline, Lévi-Strauss has contributed greatly to our understanding of non-Western cultures and remains a passionate defender of the humanity of all peoples. He is a prolific author and has published more than 20 books, including Tristes tropiques (1955), The Savage Mind (1962), Structural Anthropology (1958; trans. 1963), and Mythologiques I-IV (1961-1971). We hope these posts offer a glimpse into how the life and work of Lévi-Strauss has influenced scholars today.
"Sidney Mintz and Levi-Strauss" ~ Sidney Mintz, the William L. Straus Jr. Professor Emeritus of Anthropology, and Research Professor, Department of Anthropology, Johns Hopkins University
"The James Smithson Medal and Levi-Strauss: A Gift Exchange" ~ Edgardo Krebs, Research Associate at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History
"On the Anthropology of Levi-Strauss" ~ Marshall Sahlins, Charles F. Grey Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus of Anthropology and of Social Sciences at the University of Chicago. Also available as a pdf.