Encountering, explaining and refuting essentialism

  title={Encountering, explaining and refuting essentialism},
  author={Jonatan Kurzwelly and N. Rapport and A. Spiegel},
  journal={Anthropology Southern Africa},
  pages={65 - 81}
  • Jonatan Kurzwelly, N. Rapport, A. Spiegel
  • Published 2020
  • Philosophy
  • Anthropology Southern Africa
  • Essentialism manifests itself in a diversity of forms and is used in multiple ways. Yet it is always potentially dangerous — even when it is mobilised strategically and in apparently worthy forms for purposes of overcoming oppressive structures. As the first in a collection of articles focused on various manifestations of essentialism, this article offers a brief historical outline of how social anthropology deployed essentialist thinking, even amongst its canonical exponents. It examines how… CONTINUE READING
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