Mitchell, Jon P (2007) A Fourth Critic of the Enlightenment: Michel de Certeau and the ethnography of subjectivity. Social Anthropology, 15 (1). pp. 89-106. ISSN 0964-0282Full text not available from this repository.
This paper examines the potential contribution of the work of Michel de Certeau (1925-1986) to anthropological theories of agency, resistance and subjectivity. It argues that de Certeau's work shares with contemporary anthropological theory a legacy of the counter-Enlightenment that combines a profound pessimism about modern society with an emphasis on the redemptive possibility of populism, expressivism and pluralism. Whilst in anthropology these developed into a complex theorisation of agency, resistance and subjectivity as embedded in socio-cultural context, de Certeau appears to systematically avoid a coherent theory. Rather, he offers a theology of agency, resistance and subjectivity that sees resistance through 'tactics' as the manifestation of an enduring counter-modern human spirit, and as inherently morally good. The paper closes with a caution against anthropologists adopting a similar 'theological' stance towards resistance.
|Schools and Departments:||School of Global Studies > Anthropology|
|Depositing User:||Jon Mitchell|
|Date Deposited:||06 Feb 2012 15:09|
|Last Modified:||28 May 2012 11:01|