La collection "terre humaine" de Jean Malaurie (1955-2015) : littérature, anthropologie et photographie

Abstract : “Terre Humaine” Publishers’ Series (1955-2015), which is supervised by a French explorer and geographer, Jean Malaurie, may be examined as a heuristic space of diffusion of ideas, objects and practices to explore, in the 2nd half of the twentieth century, the tightness of the literary field in contact with anthropology and photography. The diversity of the authors’ backgrounds, writing genres, spaces and periods of time, masks the underground unity of an editorial and self-claimed universal enterprise which aims at understanding the most diverse populations, both in time and space, to uncover the mysteries of the human existence. Networking testimonials on societies scattered around the globe discloses a parallel worldview. In connection with the Annales review and the 19th century realism and naturalism, early reflections on writing in social sciences end up spawning an ethnographic literature grounded in exploring ways of living and thinking among marginalized groups worldwide. Ethnography is not anymore only considered as a scientific method to collect data but more broadly as a textual, visual and audiovisual writing genre relating the tragic metamorphosis of a society in contact with a civilization.
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David Couvidat. La collection "terre humaine" de Jean Malaurie (1955-2015) : littérature, anthropologie et photographie. Histoire. Université Sorbonne Paris Cité, 2017. Français. ⟨NNT : 2017USPCC030⟩. ⟨tel-01885561⟩

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