Claude Lévi-Strauss: The Birth of Historical Societies | Graduate Council Lectures | UC Berkeley

Claude Lévi-Strauss, Laboratoire d’Anthropologie Sociale du Collège de France et de l’ École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales


Claude Lévi-Strauss is a French anthropologist who transformed the study of kinship, marriage and family from a descriptive to a theoretical field, showing how the world’s family and kinship structures are connected both through the symbolic processes of the human mind into universal principals of reciprocity in human social life.

ABOUT CLAUDE LEVI-STRAUSS Claude Lévi-Strauss was a French social anthropologist who became a leading scholar in the structural approach to social anthropology. He is famous for theorizing that if social scientists can understand man’s mental structures they can then build a study of man which is as scientific as the laws of gravity.