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Lévi-Strauss : a biography / Emmanuelle Loyer ; translated by Ninon Vinsonneau and Jonathan Magidoff.

Author/creator Loyer, Emmanuelle author.
Other author/creatorVinsonneau, Ninon, translator.
Other author/creatorMagidoff, Jonathan, translator.
Format Book and Print
EditionEnglish edition.
Publication Info Cambridge, UK ; Medford, MA : Polity Press, [2018]
Descriptionxi, 744 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), portraits ; 24 cm
Abstract Academic, writer, figure of melancholy, aesthete - Claude Lévi-Strauss (1908–2009) not only transformed his academic discipline, he also profoundly changed the way that we view ourselves and the world around us. In this award-winning biography, historian Emmanuelle Loyer recounts Lévi-Strauss’s childhood in an assimilated Jewish household, his promising student years as well as his first forays into political and intellectual movements. As a young professor, Lévi-Strauss left Paris in 1935 for São Paulo to teach sociology. His rugged expeditions into the Brazilian hinterland, where he discovered the Amerindian Other, made him into an anthropologist. The racial laws of the Vichy regime would force him to leave France yet again, this time for the USA in 1941, where he became Professor Claude L. Strauss - to avoid confusion with the jeans manufacturer. Lévi-Strauss’s return to France, after the war, ushered in the period during which he produced his greatest works: several decades of intense labour in which he reinvented anthropology, establishing it as a discipline that offered a new view on the world. In 1955, Tristes Tropiques offered indisputable proof of this the world over. During those years, Lévi-Strauss became something of a French national monument, as well as a celebrity intellectual of global renown. But he always claimed his perspective was a ‘view from afar’, enabling him to deliver incisive and subversive diagnoses of our waning modernity. Loyer’s outstanding biography tells the story of a true intellectual adventurer whose unforgettable voice invites us to rethink questions of the human and the meaning of progress. She portrays Lévi-Strauss less as a modern than as our own great and disquieted contemporary. -- Provided by publisher.
General noteOriginally published in the French language under title, Lévi-Strauss by Flammarion, [2015].
Bibliography noteIncludes bibliographical references (pages 599-702) and index.
LanguageTranslated from the French.
Issued in other formOnline version: Loyer, Emmanuelle. Lévi-Strauss. English edition. Medford, Massachusetts : Polity, [2018] 9781509512010
LCCN 2018019598
ISBN9781509511983 hardback
ISBN1509511989 hardback

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