Anthropological Approaches to Political Behaviour: Contributions from Ethnology

Anthropological Approaches to Political Behaviour: Contributions from Ethnology

By: Arthur Tuden (editor), Frank McGlynn (editor)Hardback

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Power is immanent in human affairs; by definition, human beings are political animals. The only way to comprehend and analyze the complexities of power is to locate where material, psychological and social dimensions of political power are socially situated and reproduced. This collection of essays highlights the theoretical concerns of political anthropology. Initially published in the journal "Ethnology", they were classroom tested and collected on the basis of student comments. An introduction presents the intellectual traditions in political anthropology and focuses particularly on the manner in which various periods defined and dealt with the nature of social power. It also places current works within the framework of critical but constantly revised theoretical problems.

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Contents

Ritual Resolution in Meta-Legal Process, Richard G. Dillon; The Place of the Big Man in Traditional Hagen Society in the Central Highlands of New Guinea, Ernest Brandewie; Killers, Big Men and Priests on Malaita - Reflections on a Melanesian Troika System, Roger M. Keesing; All Talk and No Action? - Saying and Doing in Kwanga Meetings, Karen J. Brison; Anuak Politics, Ecology and the Origins of Shilluk Kingship, L.Lewis Wall; Strategies of Legitimation and the Aztec State, Donald V. Kurtz; The Structure of Violence Among the Swat Pukhrun, Charles Lindholm; Class, Politics and Family Organization in San Cosme Xalostoc, Mexico, Richard W. Miller; The Oaxacan Village President as Political Middleman, Philip A. Dennis; Patronage and Community-Nation Relationships in Central Italy, Sydel F. Silverman; Egalitarianism in an Autocratic Village in Israel, Harvey E. Goldberg; Conflicting Political Models in a Swiss Commune, Daniela Weinberg; Popular Devotions, Power and Religious Regimes in Catholic Dutch Brabant, Mart Bax; From Cannibal Raid to Copra Kompani - Changing Patterns of Koriki Politics, Robert F. Maher; Reciprocal Influence of Traditional and Democratic Leadership Roles on Ponape, Daniel T. Hughes; The Effects of Writing on the Cuna Political System, James Owe.

Product Details

  • publication date: 30/09/1991
  • ISBN13: 9780822911623
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 160
  • ID: 9780822911623
  • ISBN10: 0822911620

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