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Don Quixote’s choice: A manifesto for a romanticist anthropology

Maïté Maskens, Ruy Llera Blanes

Abstract


In this article we propose to engage anthropology as a romanticist discipline. Revisiting particular histories, we depict the anthropological discipline and its core method (ethnography) as imbued with sensibilities and militancies that define it as a "romantic subversion," an against-the-grain attitude against intellectual hegemonies and conformisms. We do so by focusing on three points: the charting of a romanticist conceptual agenda in anthropology; the analysis of ethnographic intersubjectivity and personal transformation as romantic heroisms; and the discussion of a counterhegemonic militant anthropology. We speculate about an anthropological ethos that is inherently subversive and "quixotic," following the inspiration of Miguel de Cervantes' classic novel.


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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.14318/hau3.3.011