>[Interesting article on the Mouvement Anti-Utilitariste dans les Sciences
>Sociales from the current In These Times. This is a useful corrective to
>the infinitely long, endlessly tedious thread that recently ran on the LBO
>list concerning the impossibility of expropriating the wealthy. What
>Western society clearly needs isn't tax-code changes so much as moral-code
>changes. We're not going to get anywhere until wealth itself is demonized.]
>Give It Away
>By David Graeber
>Have you noticed how there aren't any new French intellectuals any more?
>There was a veritable flood in the late '70s and early '80s: Derrida,
>Foucault, Baudrillard, Kristeva, Lyotard, de Certeau ... but there has been
>almost no one since. Trendy academics and intellectual hipsters have been
>forced to endlessly recycle theories now 20 or 30 years old, or turn to
>countries like Italy or even Slovenia for dazzling meta-theory.
Apologies for butting in, but this central question - where are the new French intellectuals - inspires another sort of question; one best suited for the bonafide sociologists on the list (I think).
Has there ever been a study done, of intellectuals, and the societies they arise from? On correlations between them? I'd appreciate an offlist reply from anyone kind-hearted enough to respond, if the reply is not deemed to be list-worthy.