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Movement space: Putting anthropological theory, concepts, and cases to the test

Abstract : This article takes Durkheim’s Le suicide as a conceptual testing ground for an ongoing field inquiry into assisted suicide in Switzerland. It tackles the question of the extent to which a Durkheimian approach to the social facticity of human practices can adequately grasp the ethico-pragmatic variation in which people give form to their lives, especially under heavily constrained circumstances. The article makes two interventions: it first draws out the conceptual significance of the asymmetry in the architecture of Le suicide, namely, of Durkheim’s explicit refusal to elaborate a fourth type of suicide (fatalistic suicide). It then presents the blind spot, and asymmetry, as constitutive of his normative scientific posture: that social science, in its modern modalities, has the means to identify the normative ends toward which social life should Aim :, to the detriment of a more pluralist ethical and anthropological postulate through which to grasp and understand the multiplicity of moral forms pertaining to suicide, of which assisted suicide in Switzerland provides the test case.
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P Rabinow, Anthony Stavrianakis. Movement space: Putting anthropological theory, concepts, and cases to the test. Journal of Ethnographic Theory - HAU, 2016, 6 (1), pp.403-431. ⟨10.14318/hau6.1.021⟩. ⟨hal-03479159⟩



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