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Culture as creative refusal: heroic and anti-heroic politics

Graeber, David (2013) Culture as creative refusal: heroic and anti-heroic politics. Cambridge Anthropology, 31 (2). pp. 1-19. ISSN 0305-7674

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Many aspects of culture that we are used to interpreting in essentialist or even tacitly evolutionist terms might better be seen as acts of self-conscious rejection, or as formed through a schizmogenetic process of mutual definition against the values of neighbouring societies. What have been called 'heroic societies', for instance, seem to have formed in conscious rejection of the values of urban civilizations of the Bronze Age. A consideration of the origins and early history of the Malagasy suggests a conscious rejection of the world of the Islamic ecumene of the Indian Ocean, effecting a social order that could justifiably be described as self-consciously anti-heroic

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Additional Information: © 2013 Cambridge Anthropology
Divisions: Anthropology
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology
J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Date Deposited: 30 Sep 2013 12:51
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2021 23:13

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