Michel de Certeau: Interpretation and Its Other (Key Contemporary Thinkers)

Michel de Certeau: Interpretation and Its Other (Key Contemporary Thinkers)

By: Jeremy Ahearne (author)Paperback

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Since his death in 1986, Michel de Certeaua s reputation as a thinker has steadily grown both in France and throughout the English--speaking world. His work is extraordinarily innovative and wide--ranging, cutting across issues in historiography, literary and cultural studies, anthropology, sociology, theology, philosophy and psychoanalysis. This book represents the first full--length study of Certeaua s thought. It is organized around the central theme of interpretation and alterity, which Ahearne uses to illuminate Certeaua s work as a whole. The author also examines Certeaua s theory and practice of historiography; his reflection on the relations between changing historical forms of writing, reading and orality; and his distinction between the "strategic" programmes of the politically powerful and the "tactics" of the relatively powerless. Ahearne places Certeaua s work in its general intellectual context, relating it to the views of important contemporary thinkers, such as Pierre Bourdieu and Michel Foucault, and demonstrating the decisive importance to Certeaua s thought of the writings of the early modern mystics and travellers. This book constitutes an excellent critical introduction to Certeaua s work, while also providing a comprehensive and nuanced reading for those already familiar with his thought.

About Author

Dr. Jeremy Ahearne, University of Warwick


List of Abbreviations. Introduction. Part I: Implications:. 1. The Historiographical Operation. 2. Interpretation and its Archaeology. Part II: Fables:. 3. Voices in the Text. 4. Mystics. Part III: Strategies and Tactics:. 5. Strategic Operations. 6. Turns and Diversions. Conclusion. Notes. Bibliography. Index.

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  • ISBN13: 9780745613475
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 240
  • ID: 9780745613475
  • weight: 366
  • ISBN10: 0745613470

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