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Gli usi della diversità
Author/s: Clifford Geertz 
Year:  2000 Issue: Language: Italian 
Pages:  19 FullText PDF:  54 KB

Today’s rehabilitation of ethnocentrism, though a ‘relax-and-enjoy-it’ one, is rooted in a ‘monadologic’ conception of cultural plurality which overlooks the fact that, in the contemporary predicament, to be confronted with the other’s diversity may primarily mean a better understanding of ourselves. In such a context, the ethnographic imagination is undoubtedly an antidote to the moral narcissism, in so far as it allows us to explore the space that lies between us and those ‘others’ who, in our societies are for the most part among us. This is what ‘uses of diversity’ primarily means: empowering our ability to imagine difference. geertz@IAS.EDU

Clifford Geertz, in "SOCIETÀ DEGLI INDIVIDUI (LA)" 8/2000, pp. , DOI:


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