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The predicament of heroic anthropology

Abstract : Paradoxically at first sight, Derrida's grammatological project joined the same idea of thought-decentring that was already morally and epistemologically central to Lévi-Strauss. But recognizing that Lévi-Strauss's anthropology anticipated thinking on deconstruction and on decentration would contribute to grant it with the benefit of a gesture that Derrida would like to be restricted to his own approach. In this paper I argue that if we are to understand the modern condition at all we need to return to Lévi-Strauss's critique of history and colonialism, for his writings helped to make possible such modernist ideas of the predicament of culture and identity.
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Albert Doja. The predicament of heroic anthropology. Anthropology Today, Wiley, 2006, 22 (3), pp.18-22. ⟨10.1111/j.1467-8322.2006.00439.x⟩. ⟨halshs-00405952⟩

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