Is Lévi-Strauss Still Good to Think?

Robert Launay*

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The centenary of Claude Lévi-Strauss' birth, and his death shortly afterwards, have generated a spurt of publications ranging from biographies to collections of essays to unpublished works. Some of these works dwell on his worldview, his preoccupations with globalization, overpopulation, and the environment, albeit in ways that reflect the poverty of his sociological analysis. Reappraisals of his structural approaches to the study of kinship, myth, and aesthetics are more relevant to contemporary approaches in anthropology, especially those that stress his paradoxical wedding of primary sensuous experience to abstract patterns of thought.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)38-49
Number of pages12
JournalReviews in Anthropology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2013


  • Claude Lévi-Strauss
  • aesthetics
  • kinship
  • myth
  • structuralism

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • Anthropology


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