Anthropology and Politics: Visions, Traditions, and Trends

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A critical review of the anthropological study of politics in the English-speaking world from 1879 to the present, describing what anthropologists have said about politics and the national and international events that have shaped their interests and concerns.
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Vincent (anthropology, Barnard) narrates the history of political anthropology as it has developed in the English-speaking world over the past century. She examines various theories, the question of the fieldworker's involvement with primitive culture being studied, anthropologists' reaction to the spread of capitalism in the third world, and other topics. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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"More than a purely intellectual history of the subject, it is a penetrating analysis of the changing social and political contexts in which the subject has functioned, and of the ways in which these external forces have shaped its development. . . . The sheer intelligence and scholarship of this book will be sure to make it the authoritative history of the field for many years to come." —Man"An extremely rich excursion through the first century (plus) of the discipline. . . . A must for anyone pretending to become or remain au courant in political anthropology. No one to date has written such a complete and interesting history." —American Anthropologist"Essential reading and a long-term reference book for all who are concerned with how and why anthropology has developed as it has, why certain questions have been asked and others ignored, and how anthropologists have responded to successive intellectual climates and the changing social milieus of the past century and a half. . . . A significant contribution to intellectual history." —American Ethnologist
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780816511372
  • Publisher: University of Arizona Press
  • Publication date: 7/1/1990
  • Pages: 570
  • Product dimensions: 6.62 (w) x 9.54 (h) x 1.86 (d)

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