Tristes Tropiques

Tremlett, Paul-François (2018). Tristes Tropiques. In: Callan, Hilary ed. The International Encyclopedia of Anthropology. Wiley-Blackwell.



Tristes tropiques was first published in 1955. A best seller in France, it secured the position of Claude Lévi-Strauss (1908–2009) in French public intellectual life. Simultaneously ethnography and autobiography, Tristes tropiques is notable for its articulation of a powerful critique of Western notions of progress and civilization and problems of pollution and racism. The book merits attention not only for those interested in Lévi-Strauss, it also provides key insights into developments in structuralism and anthropology.

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