|Sir Edmund Ronald Leach|
7 November 1910|
|Died||6 January 1989
London School of Economics
|Alma mater||Cambridge University|
|Doctoral advisor||BronisÅ‚aw Malinowski
|Doctoral students||Fredrik Barth|
|Known for||Ethnographic work in Sarawak and Burma
Theories of social structure and cultural change
Kinship as ideal systems
Disagreement with French structuralist Claude LÃ©vi-Strauss
|Notable awards||Provost of King’s College (1966â€“1979)
Chairman of Association of Social Anthropologists (1966â€“1970)
President of the Royal Anthropological Institute (1971â€“1975)
President of British Humanist Association (1970)
Trustee of the British Museum (1975â€“1980)
Far from being the basis of the good society, the family, with its narrow privacy and tawdry secrets, is the source of all our discontents.
Men do not have to cook their food; they do so for symbolic reasons to show they are men and not beasts.
The violence in the world comes about because we human beings are forever creating barriers between men who are like us and men who are not like us.