Hierarchy and Value: Comparative Perspectives on Moral Order (Studies in Social Analysis 7)

Hierarchy and Value: Comparative Perspectives on Moral Order (Studies in Social Analysis 7)

By: Naomi Haynes (editor), Jason Hickel (editor), David Graeber (contributor)Paperback

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Globalization promised to bring about a golden age of liberal individualism, breaking down hierarchies of kinship, caste, and gender around the world and freeing people to express their true, authentic agency. But in some places globalization has spurred the emergence of new forms of hierarchy-or the reemergence of old forms-as people try to reconstitute an imagined past of stable moral order. This is evident from the Islamic revival in the Middle East to visions of the 1950s family among conservatives in the United States. Why does this happen and how do we make sense of this phenomenon? Why do some communities see hierarchy as desireable? In this book, leading anthropologists draw on insightful ethnographic case studies from around the world to address these trends. Together, they develop a theory of hierarchy that treats it both as a relational form and a framework for organizing ideas about the social good.

About Author

Naomi Haynes is a lecturer in social anthropology at the University of Edinburgh. Her research interests include the anthropology of Christianity, political economy, exchange, gender, hierarchy, and value.Jason Hickel is an anthropologist at Goldsmiths, University of London. His research spans several related themes, including political conflict, inequality, postdevelopment, and ecological economics.


Introduction: Hierarchy and Value Naomi Haynes and Jason Hickel Chapter 1. Battle of Cosmologies: The Catholic Church, Adat, and 'Inculturation' among Northern Lio, Indonesia Signe Howell Chapter 2. Vertical Love: Forms of Submission and Top-Down Power in Orthodox Ethiopia Diego Maria Malara and Tom Boylston Chapter 3. The Good, the Bad, and the Dead: The Place of Destruction in the Organization of Social Life, Which Means Hierarchy Frederick H. Damon Chapter 4. Civilization, Hierarchy, and Political-Economic Inequality Stephan Feuchtwang Chapter 5. Islam and Pious Sociality: The Ethics of Hierarchy in the Tablighi Jamaat in Pakistan Arsalan Khan Chapter 6. Demotion as Value: Rank Infraction among the Ngadha in Flores, Indonesia Olaf H. Smedal Afterword: The Rise of Hierarchy David Graeber<

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  • ISBN13: 9781785339974
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 150
  • ID: 9781785339974
  • ISBN10: 1785339974

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