Anthropology and Political Science: A Convergent Approach (Anthropology and.... 3)
By: Myron J. Aronoff (author), Jan Kubik (author)Hardback
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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.
Myron J. Aronoff is Professor Emeritus of Political Science, Anthropology, and Jewish Studies at Rutgers University and Visiting Professor Emeritus of Political Science at the University of Michigan. He is the author of Frontiertown: The Politics of Community Building in Israel (1974), Power and Ritual in the Israel Labor Party: A Study in Political Anthropology (1977, 2nd expanded edition 1993), Israeli Visions and Divisions (1989, 1991) and The Spy Novels of John le Carre: Balancing Ethics and Politics (1999, 2001). He was the founding president of the Association for Israel Studies and a past president of the Association for Political and Legal Anthropology. Jan Kubik is Professor of Political Science at Rutgers University and also serves as a Recurring Visiting Professor of Sociology, Centre for Social Studies in Warsaw. His publications include The Power of Symbols against the Symbols of Power. The Rise of Solidarity and the Fall of State Socialism in Poland (1994) and Rebellious Civil Society: Popular Protest and Democratic Consolidation in Poland, 1989-1993 (1999, with Grzegorz Ekiert).
Dedication Acknowledgements List of Tables List of Figures Preface Chapter 1. Introduction Chapter 2. Methods: Ethnography and Case Study Chapter 3. Beyond Political Culture Chapter 4. Symbolic Dimensions of Politics: Political Ritual and Ceremonial Chapter 5. The Politics of Collective Identity: Contested Israeli Nationalisms Chapter 6. Democratization in Deeply Divided Societies: The Netherlands, India, and Israel Chapter 7. Camp David Rashomon: Contested Interpretations of the Israel/Palestine Peace Process Chapter 8. What Can Political Scientists Learn About Civil Society From Anthropologists? Chapter 9. Homo Sovieticus and Vernacular Knowledge Chapter 10. Conclusions Bibliography
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