Lévi-Strauss, Claude

Claude Lévi-Strauss (1908–2009) was born in Brussels, Belgium, and grew up in Paris. At university, he studied philosophy and law, and after graduating, he took a post as a schoolteacher. In early 1935, he left France to take up a position at the then new University of São Paulo, Brazil. There Lévi-Strauss showed an interest in the material culture of Amazonian peoples, accumulating a wide collection of objects including costumes, weapons, and ceramics that were exhibited in Paris in 1937. He returned to Brazil the following year to conduct a fieldwork expedition. It was during this trip that Lévi-Strauss conducted ethnographic field research among the Bororo, Caduveo, Nambikwara, and Tupi-Kawahib peoples. Returning again to France in 1939 and with war imminent, he was drafted, demobilized ...

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