In search of Juan de Onate: Confessions of a cryptoessentialist

Authors
Citation
Wa. Douglass, In search of Juan de Onate: Confessions of a cryptoessentialist, J ANTHR RES, 56(2), 2000, pp. 137-162
Citations number
81
Language
INGLESE
art.tipo
Review
Categorie Soggetti
Sociology & Antropology
Journal title
JOURNAL OF ANTHROPOLOGICAL RESEARCH
ISSN journal
0091-7710 → ACNP
Volume
56
Issue
2
Year of publication
2000
Pages
137 - 162
Database
ISI
SICI code
0091-7710(200022)56:2<137:ISOJDO>2.0.ZU;2-0
Abstract
In recent years the combination of deconstructionism within their disciplin e and the challenge of an ascendant cultural studies movement from without have prompted anthropologists to question their key concept-culture. This p resent article discusses the multiple identities of Juan de Onate, sixteent h-century founder of Hispanic Nuevo Mexico, and particularly his "Basquenes s," as ploys for reviewing the "anti-essentialist" rhetoric of the cultural debates. I argue that there is increasing convergence between anthropology and cultural studies, on the one hand, and that anthropology is regaining its confidence in the utility of the culture concept, on the other. I furth er conclude that some modicum of essentialism is inherent in (i.e., essenti al to) bath the anthropological and cultural studies projects.