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

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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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780520223349
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 1/3/2001
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 483
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.25 (d)

Meet the Author

Eric R. Wolf(1923-1999) had an illustrious and influential career as Distinguished Professor of Anthropology at H. Lehman College and the Graduate School of the City University of New York. His books previously published by California include Europe and the People Without History (reprint with new preface, 1997), Envisioning Power (1999), and The Hidden Frontier (with John W. Cole; reprint with new introduction, 1999). Sydel Silverman is Professor Emerita of Anthropology at the City University of New York. She was president of the Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research from 1987 to 1999.

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Table of Contents

Foreword: Culture and Power in the Writings of Eric R. Wolf
Introduction: An Intellectual Autobiography 1
Pt. I Anthropology 11
1 American Anthropologists and American Society 13
2 Kroeber Revisited 23
3 Remarks on The People of Puerto Rico 38
4 On Fieldwork and Theory 49
5 Anthropology among the Powers 63
Pt. II Connections 81
6 Building the Nation 83
7 The Social Organization of Mecca and the Origins of Islam 100
8 Aspects of Group Relations in a Complex Society: Mexico 124
9 The Virgin of Guadalupe: A Mexican National Symbol 139
10 Closed Corporate Peasant Communities in Mesoamerica and Central Java 147
11 The Vicissitudes of the Closed Corporate Peasant Community 160
12 Kinship, Friendship, and Patron-Client Relations in Complex Societies 166
13 Ethnicity and Nationhood 184
Pt. III Peasants 191
14 Types of Latin American Peasantry: A Preliminary Discussion 193
15 Specific Aspects of Plantation Systems in the New World: Community Subcultures and Social Classes 215
16 Peasants and Revolution 230
17 Phases of Rural Protest in Latin America 241
18 Is the "Peasantry" a Class? 252
19 On Peasant Rent 260
20 The Second Serfdom in Eastern Europe and Latin America 272
21 Peasant Nationalism in an Alpine Valley 289
Pt. IV Concepts 305
22 Culture: Panacea or Problem? 307
23 Inventing Society 320
24 The Mills of Inequality: A Marxian Approach 335
25 Incorporation and Identity in the Making of the Modern World 353
26 Ideas and Power 370
27 Facing Power - Old Insights, New Questions 383
28 Perilous Ideas: Race, Culture, People 398
References 413
Index 447
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