The Recall of Modernity:Anthropological Approaches

Bruno Latour


What has happened to the project of ‘symmetrical anthropology’ in the last twenty years? What difference does it make to consider a multiplicity of cultures over the background of a unified nature, or a multiplicity of natures in addition to a multiplicity of cultures? In which way does it open up another type of scientific anthropology, no longer based on comparison but on ‘diplomacy’? Can modernity, as an interpretation of the former West, be recalled?

Translated by Stephen Muecke.


Cultural studies; cultural research; anthropology; diplomacy; modernity; multiplicity of cultures

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