Global/local, universal/particular

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Marc Augé

Documentos CIDOB Dinámicas Interculturales, n.º 4

In the face of the priority human groups give to thinking about life, Augé, an anthropologist and philosopher concerned with supermodernity perceives, through his experience in African subjects, the need to symbolise space and time, the necessary relationship between identity and otherness, and the legitimate aspiration to know the world as universal characteristics that define the human condition. Society, the individual and knowledge are the three vertices of the triangle within which the history of mankind has developed and will continue to develop. In his reflection on the conception of today’s world, the author warns of the dangers of globalisation and its false promises, while at the same time emphasising the relationships of meaning that globalisation brings with it as a shared awareness of the problems tied to globalisation. He calls for an anthropology of the economy that would analyse the silences in the economic discourse on the social end of the economy, while at the same time defending the need for a utopia in education and science to restore the meaning of the future in social life. And he states that “it is a utopia, but we already possess the space of this utopia: it is the whole planet.”

Marc Augé is a Lecturer in Anthropology and Ethnology at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales and Head of Research at the Centre Nationale de Recherches Sociales in Paris. He is the author of a number of different publications, among which we highlight: Pour quoi vivons-nous? (2003), Le temps en ruines (2003), Journal de guerre (2002), An Anthropology for Contemporaneous Worlds (1995), Non-Places: An Introduction to an Anthropology of Supermodernity (1993).

issn: 1698-2568 (print edition)
issn: 1698-5516 (online edition)

22 pp.