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Anthropological Perspectives on the Mediterranean [Berghahn Books, ]. He had worked very hard on this volume, which turned out to be his final one. Jeremy Boissevain was born in London in of an American mother and a Dutch father.
He came to social anthropology by a detour. He did one month of fieldwork in Fezzan, Libya in then moved to nearby Malta where he conducted fourteen months of dissertation research in — This was the beginning of a lifetime commitment to the study of Maltese politics and religion.
He received his PhD in ; a few years later his dissertation was published as Saints and Fireworks Athlone Press, His early grassroots involvement in aid projects may explain his lifelong interest in local-level politics and his focus on individual agency rather than social structure, pragmatic choice rather than constraint.
His two monographs on rural Malta, in which he paid systematic attention to the interactions between village life and wider society, belong to the classics in Mediterranean ethnography and social anthropology. Following his fieldwork in Sicily and Malta, Jeremy became involved in developing a comparative anthropology of the Mediterranean region of which he was a leading advocate in the s and s but about which he had second thoughts at the time he was working on his collection of articles titled Factions, Friends, Feasts.
During his studies at the LSE, Jeremy developed a critical stance towards the paradigm of structural-functionalism that had dominated Anglo-Saxon anthropology between and In his seminal Friends of Friends: Networks, Manipulators and Coalitions Basil Blackwell, , he set forth a processual perspective on people, groups, quasi-groups, and institutions as interlinking, multi-level networks. Being averse to grand theories, network analysis allowed him to remain close to the small politics of people in their daily interactions.
Although he was well aware of the methodological limits this approach, he made a forceful plea to include it in the tool kit of every ethnographer. In the late s and early s he revisited his early interest in ritual and social change by studying the revival and expansion of celebrations throughout Europe as a reaction to the homogenizing pressure of the market, mass media, and Eurocrats Revitalizing European Rituals [Routledge, ]. Jeremy Boissevain was full professor of social anthropology at the University of Amsterdam where he worked from to , fellow of the Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research and sat on the advisory boards of several scholarly journals, among them Journeys: The International Journal of Travel and Travel Writing.
He was an enthusiastic traveler himself, an inspiring teacher and supervisor, a prolific writer, and a visiting professor at several universities in Europe and the United States. After his retirement he remained active as participant in academic meetings and always interested in the work of his colleagues and friends. Jeremy was a curious, amiable and convivial personality. He is survived by Inga-Britt, his wife during more than sixty years, four daughters, and seven grandchildren.
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