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
     
 

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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 pieces, as well

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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 pieces, 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."

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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. Wolfvii
Prefacexix
Introduction: An Intellectual Autobiography1
Part I.Anthropology11
1.American Anthropologists and American Society13
2.Kroeber Revisited23
3.Remarks on The People of Puerto Rico38
4.On Fieldwork and Theory49
5.Anthropology among the Powers63
Part II.Connections81
6.Building the Nation83
7.The Social Organization of Mecca and the Origins of Islam100
8.Aspects of Group Relations in a Complex Society: Mexico124
9.The Virgin of Guadalupe: A Mexican National Symbol139
10.Closed Corporate Peasant Communities in Mesoamerica and Central Java147
11.The Vicissitudes of the Closed Corporate Peasant Community160
12.Kinship, Friendship, and Patron-Client Relations in Complex Societies166
13.Ethnicity and Nationhood184
Part III.Peasants191
14.Types of Latin American Peasantry: A Preliminary Discussion193
15.Specific Aspects of Plantation Systems in the New World: Community Subcultures and Social Classes215
16.Peasants and Revolution230
17.Phases of Rural Protest in Latin America241
18.Is the "Peasantry" a Class?252
19.On Peasant Rent260
20.The Second Serfdom in Eastern Europe and Latin America272
21.Peasant Nationalism in an Alpine Valley289
Part IV.Concepts305
22.Culture: Panacea or Problem?307
23.Inventing Society320
24.The Mills of Inequality: A Marxian Approach335
25.Incorporation and Identity in the Making of the Modern World353
26.Ideas and Power370
27.Facing Power--Old Insights, New Questions383
28.Perilous Ideas: Race, Culture, People398
References413
Index447

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