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Title:Mestizo logics: anthropology of identity in Africa and elsewhere
Author:Amselle, Jean-LoupISNI
Series:Mestizo spaces
City of publisher:Stanford, Cal.
Publisher:Stanford University Press
ISBN:0804724296; 0804724318
Geographic terms:Mali
Abstract:This study 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 original syncretism in all cultures. The book draws on material from the author's fifteen years of fieldwork among the Fulani, Bambara and Malinke of Mali and Guinea.