How to Become a Dominant French Philosopher: The Case of Jacques Derrida

  title={How to Become a Dominant French Philosopher: The Case of Jacques Derrida},
  author={Mich{\`e}le Lamont},
  journal={American Journal of Sociology},
  pages={584 - 622}
  • M. Lamont
  • Published 1987
  • Sociology
  • American Journal of Sociology
How can an interpretive theory gain legitimacy in two cultural markets as different as France and the United States? This study examines the intellectual, cultural, institutional, and social conditions of legitimation of Jacques Derrida's work in the two countries and develops hypotheses about the process of legitimation of interpretive theories. The legitimation of Derrida's work resulted from a fit between it and highly structured cultural and institutional systems. In France, Derrida… Expand
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