Anthropology and Politics

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Anthropology and Politics

Anthropology and Politics

Visions, Traditions, and Trends

  • Author: Joan Vincent
  • Publisher: University of Arizona Press
  • ISBN: 9780816515103
  • Category: Social Science
  • Page: 570
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In considering how anthropologists have chosen to look at and write about politics, Joan Vincent contends that the anthropological study of politics is itself a historical process. Intended not only as a representation but also as a reinterpretation, her study arises from questioning accepted views and unexamined assumptions. This wide-ranging, cross-disciplinary work is a critical review of the anthropological study of politics in the English-speaking world from 1879 to the present, a counterpoint of text and context that describes for each of three eras both what anthropologists have said about politics and the national and international events that have shaped their interests and concerns. It is also an account of how intellectual, social, and political conditions influenced the discipline by conditioning both anthropological inquiry and the avenues of research supported by universities and governments. Finally, it is a study of the politics of anthropology itself, examining the survival of theses or schools of thought and the influence of certain individuals and departments.

Anthropology and Development

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Anthropology and Development

Anthropology and Development

Culture, Morality and Politics in a Globalised World

  • Author: Emma Crewe,Richard Axelby
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • ISBN: 1107005922
  • Category: Business & Economics
  • Page: 256
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"In recent decades international development has grown into a world-shaping industry. But how do aid agencies work and what do they achieve? How does aid appear to those who receive it? And why has there been so little improvement in the position of the poor? Viewing aid and development from anthropological perspectives gives illuminating answers to questions such as these. This essential textbook reveals anthropologists' often surprising findings and details ethnographic case studies on the cultures of development. The authors use a fertile literature to examine the socio-political organisation of aid communities, agencies and networks as well as the judgements they make about each other. Exploring the spaces between policy and practice, success and failure, the future and the past, this book provides a rounded understanding of development work that suggests new moral and political possibilities for an increasingly globalised world"--

Savage Money

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Savage Money

Savage Money

The Anthropology and Politics of Commodity Exchange

  • Author: Chris A. Gregory
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • ISBN: 9789057020919
  • Category: Social Science
  • Page: 333
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"This new era poses questions for the theory of value, which this book addresses from an anthropological perspective. Fieldwork-based essays on the household values associated with agricultural land, rural marketing and village money lending in Central India are located comparatively and historically by means of an analysis of money in the form of cowries, silver, gold and state tokens." "The author modifies and extends his previous work, Gifts and Commodities, by moving the ethnographic focus from Papua New Guinea to India and by considering the theoretical implications of the Subaltern Studies paradigm for anthropological theory."--BOOK JACKET.

Race, Anthropology, and Politics in the Work of Wifredo Lam

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Race, Anthropology, and Politics in the Work of Wifredo Lam

Race, Anthropology, and Politics in the Work of Wifredo Lam

  • Author: Claude Cernuschi
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • ISBN: 1351187856
  • Category: Art
  • Page: 236
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This book reinterprets Wifredo Lam’s work with particular attention to its political implications, focusing on how these implications emerge from the artist’s critical engagement with 20th-century anthropology. Field work conducted in Cuba, including the witnessing of actual Afro-Cuban religious ritual ceremonies and information collected from informants, enhances the interpretive background against which we can construe the meanings of Lam's art. In the process, Claude Cernuschi argues that Lam hoped to fashion a new hybrid style to foster pride and dignity in the Afro-Cuban community, as well as counteract the acute racism of Cuban culture.

Anthropology and Political Science

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Anthropology and Political Science

Anthropology and Political Science

A Convergent Approach

  • Author: Myron J. Aronoff,Jan Kubik
  • Publisher: Berghahn Books
  • ISBN: 085745725X
  • Category: Political Science
  • Page: 341
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What can anthropology and political science learn from each other? The authors argue that collaboration, particularly in the area of concepts and methodologies, is tremendously beneficial for both disciplines, though they also deal with some troubling aspects of the relationship. Focusing on the influence of anthropology on political science, the book examines the basic assumptions the practitioners of each discipline make about the nature of social and political reality, compares some of the key concepts each field employs, and provides an extensive review of the basic methods of research that "bridge" both disciplines: ethnography and case study. Through ethnography (participant observation), reliance on extended case studies, and the use of "anthropological" concepts and sensibilities, a greater understanding of some of the most challenging issues of the day can be gained. For example, political anthropology challenges the illusion of the "autonomy of the political" assumed by political science to characterize so-called modern societies. Several chapters include a cross-disciplinary analysis of key concepts and issues: political culture, political ritual, the politics of collective identity, democratization in divided societies, conflict resolution, civil society, and the politics of post-Communist transformations.

Ebola, Culture and Politics: The Anthropology of an Emerging Disease

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Ebola, Culture and Politics: The Anthropology of an Emerging Disease

Ebola, Culture and Politics: The Anthropology of an Emerging Disease

  • Author: Barry S. Hewlett,Bonnie L. Hewlett
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • ISBN: 0495009180
  • Category: Social Science
  • Page: 192
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In this case study, readers will embark on an improbable journey through the heart of Africa to discover how indigenous people cope with the rapid-killing Ebola virus. The Hewletts are the first anthropologists ever invited by the World Health Organization to join a medical intervention team and assist in efforts to control an Ebola outbreak. Their account addresses political, structural, psychological, and cultural factors, along with conventional intervention protocols as problematic to achieving medical objectives. They find obvious historical and cultural answers to otherwise-puzzling questions about why village people often flee, refuse to cooperate, and sometimes physically attack members of intervention teams. Perhaps surprisingly, readers will discover how some cultural practices of local people are helpful and should be incorporated into control procedures. The authors shed new light on a continuing debate about the motivation for human behavior by showing how local responses to epidemics are rooted both in culture and in human nature. Well-supported recommendations emerge from a comparative analysis of Central African cases and pandemics worldwide to suggest how the United States and other countries might use anthropologists and the insights of anthropologists to mount more effective public health campaigns, with particular attention to avian flu and bioterrorism. Important Notice: Media content referenced within the product description or the product text may not be available in the ebook version.

Culture Crisis

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Culture Crisis

Culture Crisis

Anthropology and Politics in Aboriginal Australia

  • Author: Jon Altman,Melinda Hinkson
  • Publisher: UNSW Press
  • ISBN: 1742240097
  • Category: History
  • Page: 304
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In 2007 th eAustralian government declared that remote Aboriginal communities were in crisis and launched the Northern Territory Intervention. This dramatic move occurred against a backdrip of vigorous debate among policy makers, academics, commentators and Aboriginal people about the apparent failure of self-determination. -- back cover.

Anthropologies and Histories

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Anthropologies and Histories

Anthropologies and Histories

Essays in Culture, History, and Political Economy

  • Author: William Roseberry
  • Publisher: Rutgers University Press
  • ISBN: 9780813514468
  • Category: Social Science
  • Page: 278
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"Elegantly written essays. . . . Roseberry is the real gem, an anthropologist with extensive Latin American field experience and an impressive scholarly grasp of the histories of anthropology and Marxist theory."--Micaela di Leonardo, The Nation "An extremely stimulating volume . . . rich and provocative, and codifies a new depature point."--Choice "As a critic . . . Roseberry writes with sustained force and clarity. . . . his principal points emerge with a directness that will make this book attractive to a wide range of readers."--American Anthropologist "Roseberry in among the most astute, careful, and theoretically cogent of the anthropologists of his generation. . . . [This book] illustrates well the breadth and coherence of his thinking and guides the reader through the complicated intersections of anthropology with history, political economy, Marxism, and Latin American studies."--Jane Schneider, CUNY In Anthropologies and Histories, William Roseberry explores some of the cultural and political implications of an anthropological political economy. In his view, too few of these implications have been explored by authors who dismiss the very possibility of a political economic understanding of culture. Within political economy, readers are offered sophisticated treatments of uneven development, but when authors turn to culture and politics, they place contradictory social experiences within simplistic class or epochal labels. Within cultural anthropology, history is often little more than new terrain for extending anthropological practice. Roseberry places culture and history in relation to each other, in the context of a reflection on the political economy of uneven development. In the first half of this books, he looks at and critiques a variety of anthropological understandings of culture, arguing for an approach that sees culture as socially constituted and socially constitutive. Beginning with a commentary on Clifford Geertz's seminal essay on the Balinese cockfight, Roseberry argues that Geertz and his followers pay insufficient attention to cultural differentiation, to social and political inequalities that affect actors' different understandings of the world, other people, and of themselves. Sufficient attention to such questions, Roseberry argues, requires a concern for political economy. In the second half of the book, Roseberry explores the assumptions and practices of political economy, indicates the kind of problems that should be central to such an approach, and reviews some of the inadequacies of anthropological studies. William Roseberry is a professor of anthropology at the New School for Social Research.

A Companion to the Anthropology of Politics

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A Companion to the Anthropology of Politics

A Companion to the Anthropology of Politics

  • Author: David Nugent,Joan Vincent
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
  • ISBN: 0470692936
  • Category: Social Science
  • Page: 528
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This Companion offers an unprecedented overview of anthropology’s unique contribution to the study of politics. Explores the key concepts and issues of our time - from AIDS, globalization, displacement, and militarization, to identity politics and beyond Each chapter reflects on concepts and issues that have shaped the anthropology of politics and concludes with thoughts on and challenges for the way ahead Anthropology’s distinctive genre, ethnography, lies at the heart of this volume

Handbook of Political Anthropology

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Handbook of Political Anthropology

Handbook of Political Anthropology

  • Author: Harald Wydra,Bjørn Thomassen
  • Publisher: Edward Elgar Publishing
  • ISBN: 1783479019
  • Category: Reference
  • Page: 512
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This Handbook engages the reader in the major debates, approaches, methodologies, and explanatory frames within political anthropology. Examining the shifting borders of a moving field of enquiry, it illustrates disciplinary paradigm shifts, the role of humans in political structures, ethnographies of the political, and global processes. Reflecting the variety of directions that surround political anthropology today, this volume will be essential reading to understanding the interactions of humans within political frames in a globalising world.