French anthropologist Claude Levi-Strauss dies

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November 3, 2009 19:18

 
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The Academie Francaise says that Claude Levi-Strauss, an influential French intellectual who was widely considered the father of modern anthropology, has died. He was 100. Levi-Strauss was widely regarded as having reshaped the field of anthropology, introducing new concepts concerning common patterns of behavior and thought, especially myths, in primitive and modern societies. During his 6-decade-long career, he authored many literary and anthropological classics, including "Tristes Tropiques" (1955), "The Savage Mind" (1963) and "The Raw and the Cooked" (1964). The Academie Francaise said Tuesday that it plans a tribute later in the week. It did not give the cause of death or say when Levi-Strauss had died.

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