Edmund Leach  

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"The controversy fuelled by the publication of Edmund Leach's paper 'Virgin birth' (1967) and ..... does not imply ignorance of physiological paternity."--"The Meaning of Paternity and the Virgin Birth Debate" (‎1986) by C Delaney

Leach delivered “Virgin Birth” as the Henry Myers Lecture in 1966.

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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.
Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.

Sir Edmund Ronald Leach (7 November 1910 – 6 January 1989) was a British social anthropologist.


  • Social And Economic Organization Of The Rowanduz Kurds (Berg Publishers, 1940)
  • Political Systems of Highland Burma: A Study of Kachin Social Structure (Harvard University Press, 1954)
  • ed. Aspects of Caste in South India, Ceylon and North-West Pakistan (Cambridge University Press, 1960; revised edition 1971)
  • Rethinking Anthropology (Robert Cunningham and Sons Ltd., 1961)
  • Pul Eliya: A Village in Ceylon: A Study of Land Tenure and Kinship (Cambridge University Press, 1961)
  • Dialectic in Practical Religion (Cambridge University Press, 1968)
  • ed. Structural Study of Myth and Totemism (Routledge, 1968)
  • A Runaway World? (London: BBC, 1968)
  • Genesis as Myth and Other Essays (Jonathan Cape, 1969)
  • Lévi-Strauss (Fontana Books, 1970; new edition 1985)
  • Claude Lévi-Strauss (Viking Press, 1970; revised edition in 1974; 2nd revised edition 1996)
  • Culture and Communication: The Logic by which Symbols Are Connected. An Introduction to the Use of Structuralist Analysis in Social Anthropology (Cambridge University Press, 1976)
  • Custom, Law and Terrorist Violence (Edinburgh University Press, 1977)
  • ed. The Kula: New Perspectives on Massim Exchange with Jerry W. Leach (Cambridge University Press, 1983)
  • Social Anthropology (Oxford University Press, 1982)
  • Structuralist Interpretations of Biblical Myth (Cambridge University Press, 1983)
  • The Essential Edmund Leach (Anthropology & Society & Culture & Human Nature) ed. by Stephen Hugh-Jones and James Laidlaw (Yale University Press, 2001, 2 vols.)
  • ed. Elites in South Asia with S. N. Mukherjee (Cambridge University Press, 2009)


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