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RE: re cultural essentialism

By cultural essentialism, I was referring to all the more or less elaborated
notions that see culture as fixed by any reason (biological, historical or
other) and not as continously reshaped by human symbolic actions.

David D. Preiss
home page: http://pantheon.yale.edu/~ddp6/

-----Original Message-----
From: Bruce Robinson [mailto:bruce.rob@btinternet.com]
Sent: Thursday, July 01, 2004 6:05 PM
To: xmca@weber.ucsd.edu
Subject: Re: re cultural essentialism

Can someone or preferably the several different people who have used the
term explain what they call 'essentialism' and / or 'cultural essentialism'?
There is more than one possible meaning for the term and it does make quite
a difference - at least to my attitude towards it.

Bruce Robinson

----- Original Message -----
From: "Mike Cole" <mcole@weber.ucsd.edu>
To: <xmca@weber.ucsd.edu>
Sent: Thursday, July 01, 2004 9:11 PM
Subject: re cultural essentialism

> Rik Pinxten's new book, which will be reviewed by Hirschfeld for MCA,
> is about the European rascists are adopting a cultural essentialist
> ideology since old fashioned rascism became more difficult )(apparently,
> this is news to me) to sustain. Then this article came across my screen.
> For them what's interested.
> mike
> This article, "The Contradictions of Cultural Conservatism in
> the Assault on American Colleges," is available online at this
> address:
> http://chronicle.com/temp/email.php?id=mgnmpulexp5qsqr0qx0pxz0d7w08v7bi

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