Society Against the State: Essays in Political Anthropology

Society Against the State: Essays in Political Anthropology

by Pierre Clastres, Robert Hurley, Abe Stein
     
 

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Can there be a society that is not divided into oppressors and oppressed, or that refuses coercive state apparatuses? In this landmark text in anthropology and political science, Pierre Clastres offers examples of South American Indian groups that, though without hierarchical leadership, were both affluent and complex. In so doing, he refutes the usual negative

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Can there be a society that is not divided into oppressors and oppressed, or that refuses coercive state apparatuses? In this landmark text in anthropology and political science, Pierre Clastres offers examples of South American Indian groups that, though without hierarchical leadership, were both affluent and complex. In so doing, he refutes the usual negative definition of tribal society and poses its order as a radical critique of our own Western state of power.Born in 1934, Pierre Clastres was educated at the Sorbonne. Through out the 1960s he lived with Indian groups in Paraguay and Venezuela. From 1971 to his death in 1979 he was a Director of Studies at the École Pratique des Hautes Études in Paris, where he held the chair of Religion and Societies of the South American Indians.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780942299014
Publisher:
Zone Books
Publication date:
10/04/1989
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
815,663
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Thomas S. Stroik is Professor of English and Associate Dean of Arts and Sciences at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. He is the author of Syntactic Controversies; Minimalism, Scope, and VP Structure; Path Theory and Argument Structure; and The Pragmatics of Metaphor.

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