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Title: Pierre Clastres as comparative political theorist : the democratic potential of the new political anthropology
Authors: Holman, Christopher
Keywords: Social sciences::Political science::Political theory
Issue Date: 2017
Source: Holman, C. (2017). Pierre Clastres as comparative political theorist : the democratic potential of the new political anthropology. European Journal of Political Theory, 20(1), 67-94. doi:10.1177/1474885117729772
Journal: European Journal of Political Theory 
Abstract: This article examines the political anthropological work of Pierre Clastres in light of the emergence of the subfield of comparative political theory. In particular, it argues that Clastres’ reconstruction of the political philosophy of various Amazonian societies offers an alternative model for the engagement with texts and traditions external to the history of so-called Western societies. Rejecting all impulses toward totalization – as represented, for example, in the assertion of a dialogical potential for establishing modes of intercultural exchange aimed at achieving mutual understanding – Clastres calls attention to the radical social-historical alterity of forms of society. Appreciation of this alterity not only enlarges the scope of comparative political thought to engage inherited traditions that resist assimilation into Western conversations, but also reveals an indeterminate democratic potential grounded in political creativity.
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/10356/145146
ISSN: 1474-8851
DOI: 10.1177/1474885117729772
Schools: School of Social Sciences 
Rights: © 2017 SAGE Publications. All rights reserved. This paper was published in European Journal of Political Theory and is made available with permission of SAGE Publications.
Fulltext Permission: open
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