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Andre Leroi-Gourhan on Technology, Evolution, and Social Life: A Selection of Texts and Writings from the 1930s to the 1970s

by Nathan Schlanger Bard Graduate Center
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André Leroi-Gourhan is undoubtedly one of the most acclaimed figures of twentieth-century anthropology and archaeology. In France, his intellectual importance rivals that of the Claude Lévi-Strauss, yet Leroi-Gourhan's major contributions are almost entirely unknown in the Anglophone world. This collection seeks to change that.             This selection of Leroi-Gourhan's important texts—many translated into English for the first time—highlight some of his chief influences, such as elaborating a theory of technology, which argues that material culture focusing on the object in use, and how use is a dynamic feature that has specific consequences for human evolution and human society. With serious ramifications for our understanding of material culture, putting Leroi-Gourhan's thinking about technology into English will have an immediate and transformative impact on material culture studies.  
Nathan Schlanger is professor of archaeology and director of studies in archaeology at the École Nationale des Chartes.