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Historical actor/agency from a praxeological perspective


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Zrinka, Blažević. (2011). Historical actor/agency from a praxeological perspective. Narodna umjetnost: hrvatski časopis za etnologiju i folkloristiku, 48(1). pp. 55-64. ISSN 0547-2504

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This paper attempts to scrutinize a concept of historical actor/agency from the epistemological perspective of praxeological theories as formulated by Pierre Bourdieu, Anthony Giddens and Andreas Reckwitz. These theories are examined as potentially fruitful starting points for theoretical re-articulation of the concept of historical actor/agency, mainly for their heuristic values and empirical research possibilities from the disciplinary perspective of historical anthropology. Moreover, the focus is put on detecting possible convergencies/divergencies of the praxeological notions of actor/agency with “grammatological” anthropology, the theory of intersectionality and dispositive analysis. In conclusion, this paper highlights indeterminacies, resistances and “residues” of agency as well as the (im)possibility of theorizing phenomena of ontological and phenomenological “différance”.

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Uncontrolled Keywords: historical actor/agency, historical anthropology, praxeological theories
Subjects: Ethnology and cultural anthropology
Departments: Department of History
Date Deposited: 16 Nov 2012 13:51
Last Modified: 16 Nov 2012 13:51

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