Tagesarchiv: November 28, 2008

Happy 100. Birthday, Claude Levi-Strauss

The last of the great post-War public intellectualsFrench ethnologist and founder of structuralist ethnology Claude Levi-Strauss is alive and well at 100 years of age. Happy birthday and – hopefully – many happy years ahead! Levi-Strauss‘ structuralism revolutionized anthropology and sociology and is considered a foundation for the various disciplines of the social sciences today. Levi-Strauss‘ analysis of myths was a revelation of the power of structural analysis that laid the grounds for many contemporary analyses. And his influence on the French intellectual scene is undisputed even as other French intellectuals – like Bourdieu and Foucault –  criticized structuralism for its underestimation of power (Via Global Sociology). The French/German TV-NetworkARTE has this 90 minute show on the founder of structural anthropology.