Louis-Vincent Thomas

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Louis-Vincent Thomas (20 May 1922 – 22 January 1994) was a French sociologist, anthropologist, ethnologist, and scholar whose specialty was Africa. He was the founder of thanatology. After having taught at Cheikh Anta Diop University, he became a sociology professor at Paris Descartes University.

His writings deal with socialism, burials, and systems of thought in sub-Saharan Africa. He conducted comparative studies on death in Western culture and African culture. He often denounced the idea that anthropology and sociology are separate areas of study.

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