Power and Its Disguises

Power and Its Disguises : Anthropological Perspectives on Politics

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Anthropologists now argue that their perspectives help those in the North understand themselves in a world that is experiencing profound changes. In exploring this argument what emerges from this work is a multilayered complexity of political relations which include symbols and rituals associated with political action. The emergent New World Order is pregnant with symptoms of crisis, ranging from explosive nationalisms of the former Soviet Empire and the gunmen of Mogadishu, to the increasing stoicism of the public of western democracies towards the political process. This book explores the differences between the experience and nature of power in different kinds of societies and presents a study of informal power relations, social movements and power in everyday life. The book ends with a discussion of the political role of anthropology itself, a discipline born in colonialism which nevertheless confronts its largely middle-class practitioners with an uncomfortably close view of both the needs and struggles of individuals and communities facing injustice and oppression.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 248 pages
  • 138 x 216 x 25.4mm | 439g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 2nd edition
  • 0745307388
  • 9780745307381

Table of contents

Locating the political : a political anthropology of today; the origins and limits of coercive power: the anthropology of stateless societies; from hierarchy to surveillance: the politics of agrarian civilisation and the rise of Western nation state; the political anthropology of colonialism: a study of domination and resistance; third world states: legacies of history and pressures of modernity; from macro to micro processes: anthropolitical practice; political process and global disorder: perspectives on contemporary conflict and violence; society against the modern state: social movements, cultural politics, gender politics; anthropology and politics: commitment responsibility and the academy.
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About John Gledhill

Colette Harris is a researcher specialising in gender and development, with particular interests in family relations, sexuality and domestic violence. She is currently program director, women in international development at the Office of International Research, Education and Development of Virginia Tech University in the States.
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