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Louis Dumont (anthropologist)

 

Louis Dumont (anthropologist)

For the Genevan political writer, see Pierre Étienne Louis Dumont.

Louis Dumont (1911 – November 19, 1998) was a French anthropologist.

Dumont was born in Thessaloniki, Ottoman Empire. He was an associate professor at Oxford University during the 1950s, and director at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) in Paris. A specialist on the cultures and societies of India, Dumont also studied western social philosophy and ideologies.

Works

His works include Homo Hierarchicus: Essai sur le système des castes (1966), From Mandeville to Marx: The Genesis and Triumph of Economic Ideology (1977) and Essais sur l'individualisme: Une perspective anthropologique sur l'idéologie moderne (1983), in which he contrasts holism with individualism.

His studies on Indian society paved the way for the development of the culturological approach to the study of Indian society. The culturological approach identifies itself closely with the indological approach.

Dumont died, aged 87, in Paris.

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