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La globalisation

« Grand partage » ou mauvais cadrage ?
Jean-Loup Amselle
p. 207-226


Globalization: A Bigger Share or a Poorly Cut Slice? – The attempt is made to show how tightly the contemporary theme of globalization is related to functionalist ideas. Like all philosophies of modernity and all sociologies of modernization, the globalization paradigm with its hypothesis of “open societies” necessarily posits the opposite category of a “closed society”, itself a traditional theme in anthropology. Far from referring to a natural characteristic of exotic societies, the notion of a closed society is, in fact, an anthropological construct. Since the invention of the Malinowskian method, this discipline has locked anthropologists and their informants inside a closed-off space. By decompartmentalizing exotic societies, we undermine the globalization theory’s very foundations.

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Bibliographical reference

Jean-Loup Amselle, « La globalisation », L’Homme, 156 | 2000, 207-226.

Electronic reference

Jean-Loup Amselle, « La globalisation », L’Homme [Online], 156 | octobre-décembre 2000, Online since 18 May 2007, connection on 21 November 2019. URL : ; DOI : 10.4000/lhomme.77

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Jean-Loup Amselle

EHESS, Centre d’études africaines, Paris.

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