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Cultural Groups, Essentialism, and Ontic Risk

January 1, 1970
12:00 am - 12:00 am
Friday, March 11, 2022 – 11:00 to 12:30
D.M. Smith 303 and Online
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Join the School of Public Policy in hearing this talk from Andrew Buskell of the University of Cambridge.

Grace Wyner

Communications Officer

School of Public Policy | Sam Nunn School of International Affairs

The culture concept is the backbone of empirical research and policy interventions aimed at supporting cultural groups, diversity and revitalization. Yet the concept — and by extension, the work it supports — has long been subject to critique. The core concern of this critique is that the culture concept is “essentializing.” This “essentializing” is taken to generate wrongheaded characterizations of human populations and empirically unprincipled research.

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