> Daniel de Coppet
> Daniel de Coppet died suddenly on the 2oth of March 2002. He was a professor
> at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales. His work on the 'Are'Are
> of Malaita, in the Salomon Islands, has had a wide influence in the field of
> Melanesian studies. His main concerns were with exchange, rituals, and the
> nature and circulation of pearl-shell money.
> Simultaneously, he undertook a comparative project of wide scope, inspired by
> Louis Dumont, concerning, on the one hand, Melanesia, and in general holistic
> societies and, on the other, the individualistic West. In recent past, he was
> working, within this framework, on the distinction between power and authority
> and on monetary systems.
> In the profession, Daniel de Coppet was a fighter for anthropology. He closely
> supervised numerous students who have become professionals. He founded the
> ERASME institute of the CNRS, which he headed for twelve years, and he
> co-founded the European Association of Social Anthropology. Lately he was
> fighting against the destruction of the MUsée de l'Homme in Paris, where
> French anthropology originated.
> André Iteanu