Encountering, explaining and refuting essentialism

@article{Kurzwelly2020EncounteringEA,
  title={Encountering, explaining and refuting essentialism},
  author={Jonatan Kurzwelly and Nigel Julian Rapport and Andrew D. Spiegel},
  journal={Anthropology Southern Africa},
  year={2020},
  volume={43},
  pages={65 - 81}
}
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… 
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