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Jacques Rancière tra i selvaggi. Per una critica dell'antropologia politica

CARLO CAPELLO
La Ricerca Folklorica
No. 59, Piccole barche e culture d'acqua (aprile 2009), pp. 153-160
Published by: Grafo Spa
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/27859615
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Abstract

Jacques Rancière's reflections on politics, conceptualised as a state of tension that exists between the "police" and "politics", offer a good vantage point for a critical review of political anthropology. Following the dominant tradition in political philosophy, political anthropology has focused more on social order and its maintenance than on the dimension of conflict. However, the works of anthropologists like Pierre Clastres and Edmund Leach bear witness to the existence of a different line of thought, which, in affinity with Rancière, places the tension that exists between hierarchy and equality at the core of the political concept. This article aims to show how this line of thought can be the starting point for political anthropology's self-critique and development.

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