Identity: Alain Locke's Atavism

Harris, Leonard
January 1988
Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society;Winter1988, Vol. 24 Issue 1, p65
Academic Journal
Argues that the emphasis placed by Alain Locke on the cultural continuities among African people between 1925 and 1939 does not support the atavistic beliefs attributed to him. Explanation of the type of atavism and its ontological significance, attributed to Locke; Review of common attitudes and conditions of the period; Argument presented by Locke against the view that African art is primitive art and hierarchically differentiates various forms of African art.


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