Pathways of Power: Building an Anthropology of the Modern World / Edition 1

Pathways of Power: Building an Anthropology of the Modern World / Edition 1

by Eric R. Wolf
     
 

ISBN-10: 0520223349

ISBN-13: 9780520223349

Pub. Date: 01/03/2001

Publisher: University of California Press

This collection of twenty-eight essays by renowned anthropologist Eric R. Wolf is a legacy of some of his most original work, with an insightful foreword by Aram Yengoyan. Of the essays, six have never been published and two have not appeared in English until now. Shortly before his death, Wolf prepared introductions to each section and individual piece, as well as an…  See more details below

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This collection of twenty-eight essays by renowned anthropologist Eric R. Wolf is a legacy of some of his most original work, with an insightful foreword by Aram Yengoyan. Of the essays, six have never been published and two have not appeared in English until now. Shortly before his death, Wolf prepared introductions to each section and individual piece, as well as an intellectual autobiography that introduces the collection as a whole. Sydel Silverman, who completed the editing of the book, says in her preface, "He wanted this selection of his writings over the past half-century to serve as part of the history of how anthropology brought the study of complex societies and world systems into its purview."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520223349
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
01/03/2001
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
483
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.25(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword: Culture and Power in the Writings of Eric R. Wolf
Preface
Introduction: An Intellectual Autobiography1
Pt. IAnthropology11
1American Anthropologists and American Society13
2Kroeber Revisited23
3Remarks on The People of Puerto Rico38
4On Fieldwork and Theory49
5Anthropology among the Powers63
Pt. IIConnections81
6Building the Nation83
7The Social Organization of Mecca and the Origins of Islam100
8Aspects of Group Relations in a Complex Society: Mexico124
9The Virgin of Guadalupe: A Mexican National Symbol139
10Closed Corporate Peasant Communities in Mesoamerica and Central Java147
11The Vicissitudes of the Closed Corporate Peasant Community160
12Kinship, Friendship, and Patron-Client Relations in Complex Societies166
13Ethnicity and Nationhood184
Pt. IIIPeasants191
14Types of Latin American Peasantry: A Preliminary Discussion193
15Specific Aspects of Plantation Systems in the New World: Community Subcultures and Social Classes215
16Peasants and Revolution230
17Phases of Rural Protest in Latin America241
18Is the "Peasantry" a Class?252
19On Peasant Rent260
20The Second Serfdom in Eastern Europe and Latin America272
21Peasant Nationalism in an Alpine Valley289
Pt. IVConcepts305
22Culture: Panacea or Problem?307
23Inventing Society320
24The Mills of Inequality: A Marxian Approach335
25Incorporation and Identity in the Making of the Modern World353
26Ideas and Power370
27Facing Power - Old Insights, New Questions383
28Perilous Ideas: Race, Culture, People398
References413
Index447

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