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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

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

Mike Mcgovern

University of Chicago Press

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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