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Unmasking the StateMaking Guinea Modern$
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Mike McGovern

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780226925097

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226925110.001.0001

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Personae: Demystification and the Mask

Personae: Demystification and the Mask

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(p.147) Six Personae: Demystification and the Mask
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Unmasking the State
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Mike Mcgovern

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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226925110.003.0008

This chapter attempts to identify the structural and intellectual underpinnings of the Demystification Program. It begins by considering Marcel Mauss' essay, “A Category of the Human Mind: The Notion of Person, the Notion of Self” (1985), in which Mauss sketches a history of the person. It considers the relations between persons and objects and the ways they have been considered politically problematic in a variety of historical settings, often leading to iconoclastic attempts to purge these offending elements. It explores the crucial role played in Demystification by Forestier modernists—the teachers, administrative cadres, and self-consciously modernist youth from the forest region who aided in attempts to eradicate what they considered nefarious and backward practices in their own towns and villages.

Keywords:   Demystification Program, Marcel Mauss, persons, objects, Forestier modernists

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