Person and Myth: Maurice Leenhardt in the Melanesian World

By: Clifford, James

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Originally published in 1982, James Clifford's analytical biography of Maurice Leenhardt (1878-1954)--missionary, anthropologist, founder of French Oceanic studies, historian of religion, and colonial reformer--received wide critical acclaim for its insight into the colonial history of anthropology. Drawing extensively on unpublished letters and journals, Clifford traces Leenhardt's life from his work as a missionary on the island of New Caledonia (1902-1926) to his subsequent return to Paris where he became an academic anthropologist at the ecole Practique des Hautes etudes, where he followed Marcel Mauss and was succeeded in 1951 by Claude Levi-Strauss. Clifford sees in Leenhardt's career a foreshadowing of contemporary anthropological concerns with reflexivity, cultural hybridity, and colonial and post-colonial entanglements.

Title: Person and Myth: Maurice Leenhardt in the Melanesian World

Author Name: Clifford, James

Categories: General,

Publisher: Duke University Press Books:

ISBN Number: 0822312646

ISBN Number 13: 9780822312642


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