Claude Lévi-Strauss: The Poet in the Laboratory by Patrick Wilcken

By Patrick Wilcken

The definitive account of the lifestyles, paintings, and legacy of Claude Lévi-Strauss, father of contemporary anthropology and one of many postwar era's so much influential thinkers.

while Claude Lévi-Strauss kicked the bucket final October at age a hundred, France celebrated the lifestyles and contributions of not just a preeminent anthropologist, but additionally one of many defining intellectuals of the 20 th century. simply as Freud had shaken up the antiquarian self-discipline of psychiatry, so had Lévi-Strauss revolutionized anthropology, reworking it from the colonial period examine of "exotic" tribes to at least one ate up with primary questions on the character of humanity and civilization itself.

Remarkably, there hasn't ever been a biography in English of the enigmatic Claude Lévi-Strauss. Drawing on a welter of unique examine and interviews with the anthropologist, Patrick Wilcken's Claude Lévi-Strauss fills this void. In wealthy aspect, Wilcken re-creates Lévi-Strauss's peripatetic lifestyles: his groundbreaking fieldwork in many of the remotest reaches of the Amazon within the Nineteen Thirties; his years as a Jew in Nazi- occupied France and as an émigré in wartime long island; and his go back to Paris within the overdue Forties, the place he clashed with Jean-Paul Sartre and essentially inspired fellow postwar thinkers from Jacques Lacan to Michel Foucault and Roland Barthes. It was once in France that structuralism, the college of notion he based, first took carry, developing waves some distance past the sector of anthropology. In his heyday, Lévi-Strauss used to be either a hero to modern intellectuals and a world celebrity.

In Claude Lévi-Strauss, Wilcken offers the reader a desirable highbrow travel of the anthropologist's landmark works: Tristes Tropiques, a literary meditation on his travels and fieldwork; The Savage Mind, which confirmed that "primitive" individuals are pushed by way of a similar highbrow curiosities as their Western opposite numbers; and eventually his enormous four-volume Mythologiques, a examine of the common constructions of local mythology within the Americas. within the years that Lévi-Strauss released those pioneering works, Wilcken observes, tribal societies looked as if it would carry the solutions to the main profound questions on the human brain. Following the nice anthropologist from São Paulo to the Brazilian inside, and from big apple to Paris, Patrick Wilcken's Claude Lévi- Strauss is either an evocative trip and an highbrow biography of 1 of the twentieth-century's so much influential minds.

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J learned in my long-term work with civil servants of the Chernobyl welfare apparatus that disputes over the scope of injury of this disaster, and over how to model it, continue to influence 17 eHAPTlI I policy, social mobilizations, and not least the very nature of the course of illnesses in the affected populations I worked with. From the field I could also observe that different scientific approaches (psychometric versus biological, laboratory versus field-based research), different funding priorities, and different senses of urgency concerning the unknown health effects of the disaster were not simply at odds with each other; nor were they simply waiting to be assessed for their suitability or unsuitability.

Neither then nor later did I ever ask for statistical information, yet every subsequent hospital administrator with whom 1 spoke told me the same thing: statistical information was off-limits. The urgent desire to withhold statistics on the part of these administrators 7 eMAPUR 1 (whose Chernobyl-related activities are directly controlled by state health administrators) only highlighted another point. Without statistics, the effects of the disaster had to be understood from other perspectives.

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