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December 4, 2006, Oxford, United Kingdom

University of Oxford, Merton College, Oxford

Structure and sentiment, Remarks and inventions, Circumstantial deliveries, Exemplars, Sumba and the slave trade

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Rodney Needham (15 May 1923 – 4 December 2006 in Oxford) was a British social anthropologist[s.


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Born as Rodney Phillip Needham Green, Needham changed his name in 1947, the same year he married Claudia (Ruth) Brysz. They had two children, one of whom, Tristan, became a professor of mathematics. The other, Guy Needham, is a Creative Director and partner of Dreamline Brands, Inc., a branding and manufacturing company.

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His fieldwork was with the Penan of Borneo (1951-2) and the Siwang of Malaysia (1953-5). His doctoral thesis on the Penan was accepted in 1953. He was University Lecturer in Social Anthropology, Oxford University, 1956–76; Professor of Social Anthropology, Oxford, 1976–90; Official Fellow, Merton College, Oxford, 1971–75; and Fellow, All Souls College, Oxford, 1976-90.

Together with Edmund Leach and Mary Douglas, Needham brought structuralism from France and anglicised it in the process. A prolific scholar, he was also a teacher and a rediscoverer of neglected figures in the history of his discipline, such as Arnold Van Gennep and Robert Hertz.

Among other things, he contributed to the study of family resemblance, introducing the terms "monothetic" and "polythetic" into anthropology.

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