Michel de Certeau

Michel de Certeau : Interpretation and Its Other

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Since his death in 1986, Michel de Certeau's reputation as a thinker has steadily grown both in France and throughout the English-speaking world. His work is innovative and wide-ranging, cutting across issues in historiography, literary and cultural studies, anthropology, sociology, theology, philosophy and psychoanalysis. This book represents a study of Certeau's thought. It is organized around the central theme of interpretation and alterity, which Ahearne uses to illuminate Certeau's work as a whole. The author also examines: Certeau's theory and practice of historiography; his reflection of the changing historical relations between writing, reading and orality; and his distinction between the "strategic" programmes of the politically powerful and the "tactics" of the relatively powerless. The book places Certeau'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 Certeau's thought of the writings of the early-modern mystics and travellers. This book constitutes a critical introduction to Certeau's work, while also providing a comprehensive and nuanced reading for those already familiar with his thought.show more

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  • Hardback | 240 pages
  • 152 x 229mm | 512g
  • Polity Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • references, notes, bibliography, index
  • 0745613462
  • 9780745613468

Table of contents

Part 1 Implications: the historiographical operation; interpretation and its archaeology. Part 2 Fables: voices in the text; mystics. Part 3 Strategies and tactics: strategic operations; turns and diversions.show more