Alain Testart (1945–2013): An Evolutionist in the Land of the Anthropologists

In: Historical Materialism
Christophe Darmangeat Université Paris Diderot

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Alain Testart (1945–) was one of the major social anthropologists of his time. He left behind a considerable and original body of work dealing with social structures and their evolution which afforded keys to the reinterpretation of archaeological material. A one-time self-professed Marxist, he had abandoned this theoretical framework many years ago. Nevertheless, since they tackle questions that are crucial to those who want to understand the past in order to change the present, his writings are a precious source of information and of thought-provoking reasoning.

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