My intention is to make a contribution to the sociology of intellectual production, […] as well as to analysis of fetishism and magic. There too, you might say, “But why not go and study magic in "primitive” societies, rather than in the Paris fashion scene?“ I think that one of the functions of ethnological discourse …

Intellectual life, like all other social spaces, is a home to nationalism and imperialism, and intellectuals, like everyone else, constantly peddle prejudices, stereotypes, received ideas, and hastily simplistic representations which are fueled by the chance happenings of everyday life, like misunderstandings, general incomprehension, and wounded pride. Pierre Bourdieu. “The Social Conditions of the International Circulation …

I came up in a time when white intellectuals were forever making breathless pronouncements about their world, about my world, and about the world itself. My life was delineated lists like “Geniuses of Western Music” written by people who evidently believed Louis Armstrong and Aretha Franklin did not exist. That tradition continues. Dylan Byers knows …