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Anthropologist Marshall Sahlins passed away on April 5, 2021. He was 90.

A legendary theorist and hugely influential author and ethnographer, Sahlins published some of the most important anthropological works in the 20th Century.

He had an enormous influence on anti-civilization and anarcho-primitivist theory. Sahlins is cited heavily by John Zerzan, Bob Black, John Conner, John Filiss, Derrick Jensen, Theresa Kintz, Kevin Tucker and many other anti-civilization writers and thinkers. The Original Affluent Society is a seminal essay from 1972 that is also still taught in almost all anthropology undergrad classes today.

Sahlins was the PhD supervisor for many grad students, including David Graeber.

For me, Sahlins is not without his theoretic flaws, but definitely a respected anthropologist who should be read.

Selected Publications:

2022
The New Science of the Enchanted Universe. Princeton University Press, forthcoming.

2017
On Kings, with David Graeber. University of Chicago Press.

2013
What Kingship Is -- and Is Not. University of Chicago Press.

2008
The Western Illusion of Human Nature. Prickly Paradigm Press.

2004
Apologies to Thucydides: Understanding History as Culture and Vice Versa. University of Chicago Press.

2002
Waiting for Foucault, Still. Prickly Paradigm Press.

2000
Culture in Practice: Selected Essays. Zone Press.

2000
Ethnographic Experience and Sentimental Pessimism: Why Culture is Not a Disappearing Object. In L. Daston, ed., Biographies of Scientific Objects. University of Chicago Press, 158-293.

1999
Waiting for Foucault. Cambridge: Prickly Pear Press Pamphlets, 1993/1996/1999 (3 editions).

1999
Two or Three Things That I Know About Culture. Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, 5: 399-422.

1999
What is Anthropological Enlightenment? Some Lessons of the Twentieth Century. Annual Review of Anthropology, 28:i-xxiii.

1996
The Sadness of Sweetness: The Native Anthropology of Western Cosmology. Current Anthropology, 37:395-415.

1995
How “Natives” Think: About Captain Cook, For Example. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

1993
Good-bye Tristes Tropes: Ethnography in the Context of Modern World History. Journal of Modern History, 65:1-25.

1992
Anahulu: The Anthropology of History in the Kingdom of Hawaii (with Patrick Kirch), Vol. 1, Historical Ethnography (Sahlins); Vol. 2, Archaeology (Kirch). University of Chicago.

1985
Islands of History. University of Chicago Press.

1981
Historical Metaphors and Mythical Realities: Structure in the Early History of the Sandwich Islands Kingdom. Association for Social Anthropologists in Oceania, Special Publication No. 1. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan.

1976
Culture and Practical Reason. University of Chicago Press.

1976
The Use and Abuse of Biology. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press.

1972
Stone Age Economics. Chicago: Aldine-Atherton. (Second edition with new Preface, London: Routledge, 2003)

1968
Tribesmen. Englewod Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall, Inc.

1962
Moala: Culture and Nature on a Fijian Island. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press.

1960
Evolution and Culture, edited with E.R. Service. (Written in this book: "Introduction" pp. 1-12, and Chapter 1, "Evolution: Specific and General" pp. 12-44). Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press.

1959
Social Stratification in Polynesia. Monograph of the American Ethnological Society, Seattle: University of Washington Press.

On a side note: anthropologist Paul Rabinow also died the day after Sahlins. He was 77. Rabinow published books on Michel Foucault as well as bioethics.
RIP