Official 2007 AAAs ‘hot theorist’: Gabriel Tarde

Agamben move over — my money for the ‘high-concept’ theorist to hit the AAA this year (unless I am so far ahead of the fashion trend I am two years ahead of my peers) is Gabriel Tarde, who is not only getting “a conference in his honor”: but also an entire “special number of Economy and Society”:

On the one hand I applaud the Strathern-Latour axis’s attempt to create a coherent movement by forging a disciplinary history by excavating the loosers of Edwardian theory wars since, on the whole, I have a soft spot in my heart for Edwardian theory wars. On the other hand… Tarde? Don’t you think it’s about time we dusted off someone who could at least write, like Bergson?


Alex Golub is an associate professor of anthropology at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. His book Leviathans at The Gold Mine has been published by Duke University Press. You can contact him at