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today’s birthday: Claude Lévi-Strauss (1908)


Claude Lévi-Strauss (1908)

Claude Lévi-Strauss—not to be confused with jeans manufacturer Levi Strauss—was a French anthropologist and leading exponent of structuralism, an anthropological theory that holds that cultures, like languages, can be viewed as systems of signs and analyzed in terms of the structural relations among their elements. Borrowing heavily from contemporary linguistics, his theory was a major departure from earlier “functionalist” theories. Why was Lévi-Strauss investigated by the FBI? More… Discuss