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Anthropology from Dissonance to Ambiguity: Breaking the Deadlock

Abstract : The circumstances in which Shostakovich’s 13th symphony was composed must be a wake-up call and a source of inspiration for anthropologists today, at a time when nationalism in various forms is reasserting itself: internationalism should remain our horizon. As neoliberalism is unfolding all its illiberal potential, the freedom to choose one’s research subjects and to carry out field surveys must be actively defended. Authoritarian populism has exacerbated all identity claims and spread turmoil within the academy itself. Fear now fuels identity prejudices, censorship and self-censorship. We must confront this new fear collectively, prevent people from becoming trapped in a narrow vision and thus promote dialogue and the open exchange of ideas. The rise of the question of identity as a threat is a serious challenge for anthropologists and we must all focus on our various minoritized experiences to address this issue and to strengthen democratic pluralism, because becoming minor(itarian) is the best way to defeat populism. Anthropologists must all assume their subjectivities and release their creative potential to produce critical estrangement and confront all forms of conformism here and elsewhere.
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Lynda Dematteo, Mariella Pandolfi. Anthropology from Dissonance to Ambiguity: Breaking the Deadlock. Political Anthropological Research on International Social Sciences, 2020, 1 (1), pp.39-60. ⟨10.1163/25903276-bja10005⟩. ⟨hal-03099692⟩



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