These pioneers in the field of anthropology have made huge contributions to our understanding of human culture and behaviour, and their work is still studied and admired today. In this section, we will be taking a look at some of the most influential anthropologists who have ever worked in the field and exploring the impact they made on the field of anthropology.
Over the course of his career, Sahlins made a number of significant contributions to anthropology, including his work on the concept of culture, the nature of human sociality, and the history of anthropological thought.
Claude Lévi-Strauss is considered the father of structural anthropology, a field which combines the methods and theories of anthropology with those of linguistics and psychoanalysis. His book Structuralism and Ecology is a seminal work in the development of this school of thought.