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Sexual mutilation and ethnocentrism

I have a question which concerns a quite recent controversy about ethnocentrism, that has been raised by the the French ethno-psychiatrist Tobie Nathan. In fact, I am looking for the writings in which he says that we cannot condemn (morally and politically) practices of sexual mutilation in certain countries of the South, because this kind of assessment would be a new and hidden form of ethnocentrism. I know that his position has been criticized by other French anthropologists, but I don't know… Continue

Posted on September 12, 2009 at 5:26pm — 7 Comments

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At 5:24pm on September 12, 2009, Keith Hart said…
Or the topic is controversial enough to go in the Forum. It's up to you.
At 5:20pm on September 12, 2009, Keith Hart said…
Nicolas,

You could post a blog item under a header like sexual mutilation and ethnocentrism. This will go on the front page.

I have a question which concerns a quite recent controversy about ethnocentrism, that has been raised by the the French ethno-psychiatrist Tobie Nathan. In fact, I am looking for the writings in which he says that we cannot condemn (morally and politically) practices of sexual mutilation in certain countries of the South, because this kind of assessment would be a new and hidden form of ethnocentrism. I know that his position has been criticized by other French anthropologists, but I don't know who and where. That's why I would like to find these texts too, at least the most significant ones, and have a global view on this debate.
At 4:30pm on September 12, 2009, Keith Hart said…
Welcome to the OAC, Nicolas. I saw your exchange with Julie Billaud on docpostdoc-ethno. If I can help in any way, don't hesitate to ask. If you look at what we write under the About tab, you will see that we recommend that members use their full name as ID or in their profile. Thanks. Keith
 
 
 

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