Mestizo Logics: Anthropology of Identity in Africa and Elsewhere

Mestizo Logics: Anthropology of Identity in Africa and Elsewhere

by Jean-Loup Amselle
     
 

ISBN-10: 0804724318

ISBN-13: 9780804724319

Pub. Date: 12/28/1997

Publisher: Stanford University Press

This work seeks to reverse the perspective and reasoning of anthropology and to develop an alternative mode of conceiving culture that would not automatically privilege the colonizing West. That necessarily involves a critique of the "ethnological reason" that extracts elements from their context, aestheticizes them, and then uses their supposed differences to…  See more details below

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This work seeks to reverse the perspective and reasoning of anthropology and to develop an alternative mode of conceiving culture that would not automatically privilege the colonizing West. That necessarily involves a critique of the "ethnological reason" that extracts elements from their context, aestheticizes them, and then uses their supposed differences to classify types of political, economic, or religious ensembles. Such "reason" yields classical oppositions like the state versus segmentary societies, market versus subsistence economies, and Islam or Christianity versus paganism. As an alternative, the author opposes to exclusionary categories a "mestizo logic" that sees social phenomena as situated on a continuum and accentuates indistinction and the originary syncretism in all cultures and other ways of categorizing human life. The book's rich source material is drawn from the author's fifteen years of fieldwork and research in West Africa.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780804724319
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
Publication date:
12/28/1997
Series:
Mestizo Spaces/Espaces Metisses Series
Pages:
229
Product dimensions:
5.51(w) x 8.52(h) x 0.59(d)

Table of Contents

Preface to the English-Language Edition
Translator's Note
Introduction1
1Ethnological Reason5
2Tensions Within Culture25
3Fulani, Bambara, Malinke: A System of Transformations43
4The State and the Segmentary58
5A Retracted State: Gwanan74
6A Dominated Segmentary State: Jitumu94
7White Paganism117
8Cultural Identities and Cultural Models136
9Understand in Order to Act: Mestizo Logics151
Notes165
Bibliography191

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