Robert Levy initially trained as a psychoanalytic psychiatrist and had a private practice in psychiatry for several years before he became involved in an ethnographic research project in the Society Islands (Tahiti), organized by anthropologist Douglas Oliver. He did field work in the Society Islands for twenty-six months, first during a pilot study in July and August 1961, then for two years between July 1962 and June 1964. He published this research in a number of articles and the book Tahitians: mind and experience in the Society Islands (1973), which was selected as a finalist for the National Book Awards in 1974. In this seminal work both in the ethnography of Polynesian societies and in psychological anthropology, he first demonstrated what he called person-centered ethnography, an approach to fieldwork that drew on his training as a clinical psychiatrist to understand individual feelings, experience, and motivation within a given cultural setting.
From 1964 to 1966 he was a Senior Scholar in the Institute of Advanced Projects at the East-West Center and Research Associate in Anthropology at Bishop Museum, Honolulu. In 1969 he took a faculty position as professor in the newly established anthropology department at the University of California, San Diego, where he taught for many years.
He received a number of awards for his scholarly activities. He was elected Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1996. In 2001 the Society for Psychological Anthropology honored him with its Lifetime Achievement Award.
He died while on holiday in the Italian town of Asolo, from complications of Parkinsons disease.. A number of articles relating to his research, as well as a brief memorial written by his wife, were published in a special volume of Ethos (December 2005, Vol. 33, No. 4), the journal of the Society for Psychological anthropology.
Wipo Publishes Patent of Eyeona, Robert I. Levy and Paul R. Patterson for "Automatic Rebate Generation" (American Inventors)
Mar 22, 2013; GENEVA, March 22 -- Publication No. WO/2013/039903 was published on March 21.Title of the invention: "AUTOMATIC REBATE...
Wipo Publishes Patent of Eyeona, Robert I. Levy and Paul R. Patterson for "Electronic Negotiation in a Real-World Environment" (American Inventors)
Mar 25, 2013; GENEVA, March 25 -- Publication No. WO/2013/039892 was published on March 21.Title of the invention: "ELECTRONIC NEGOTIATION IN A...