Reconstructing, Understanding and Inventing Past Cultures

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The purpose of this paper is to present a short account of the inter-disciplinary relationships between history and the ethnology of France. This account is set within the larger framework of anthropology and tries to show, at the light of recent French research, what separates and what unites both views when tackling the same topics, such as death or kinship and inheritance practice. While the present-day situation in France is characterized again by the drifting apart of both disciplines, the paper, to conclude, examines briefly the situation in other European anthropologies and shows some striking discrepancies, notably between the German and the French traditions.

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Segalen, M., (1996) “Reconstructing, Understanding and Inventing Past Cultures”, Ethnologia Europaea 26(2), p.147-156. doi: https://doi.org/10.16995/ee.857

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  • This article was previously published by Museum Tusculanum Press.

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Martine Segalen (Université de Paris X-Nanterre)

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