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Buy and Download Description A synchronic bias and the reductionist treatment of cultural meaning as epiphenomenal to structure may be the most commonly identified flaws in the structuralist paradigm (see Champagne 1990; Craib 1992; Douglas 1976; Wilden 1972). In this chapter I take two further limitations of the Levi- Straussian framework, which are particularly relevant to the study of identity formation or negotiation, as my conceptual starting points: firstly, the assumption that an entire discourse may be reducible to a single grammar of identity reflected in terms such as 'cultural principle of order' (Descola 1992) or 'structural equation' or 'logic' (Kunin 1995, 1998). Secondly, I will challenge the common structuralist overemphasis on the deterministic power of 'system' (or langue in the Saussurian terminology) through a complementary analysis of individual social actors' reception, decoding or — as it will turn out — selective and contextual appropriation of a discourse constructing a particular Hindu 'self' and its various 'others'. In doing so, I will complement other contributions to this book that similarly draw attention to ideological struggles over classificatory grids. Agency, resistance, and (individual) parole are thus reintroduced into the discussion of self/other relations and their underlying cognitive patterns. A synchronic bias and the reductionist treatment of cultural meaning as epiphenomenal to structure may be the most commonly identified flaws in the structuralist paradigm (see Champagne 1990; Craib 1992; Douglas 1976; Wilden 1972). In this chapter
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