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Hierarchy: Persistence and Transformation in Social Formations

Hierarchy: Persistence and Transformation in Social Formations

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"This welcome volume collects 12 essays addressing problems in the analysis of sociocultural values and sociocultural hierarchy, in dialogue with ideas of Dumont." · American Ethnologist

Louis Dumont's concept of hierarchy continues to inspire social scientists. Using it as their starting point, the contributors to this volume introduce both fresh empirical material and new theoretical considerations. On the basis of diverse ethnographic contexts in Oceania, Asia, and the Middle East they challenge some current conceptions of hierarchical formations and reassess former debates - of post-colonial and neo-colonial agendas, ideas of "democratization" and "globalization," and expanding market economies - both with regard to new theoretical issues and the new world situation.

Knut M. Rio is Associate Professor of Social Anthropology at the University of Bergen. He has conducted long-term fieldwork in Vanuatu in the western Pacific and published The Power of Perspective: Social Ontology and Agency on Ambrym Island, Vanuatu (Berghahn Books, 2007).

Olaf H. Smedal is Associate Professor of Social Anthropology at the University of Bergen. He has conducted long-term fieldwork in Indonesia since the beginning of the 1980s: first among the Lom on Bangka (an island off Sumatra) and later among the Ngadha in Flores in eastern Indonesia. His research interests include social organization and kinship, symbolization, ritual, comparative epistemology, the history of anthropology and theory of science.



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ISBN-13: 9781845454906
Publisher: Berghahn Books, Incorporated
Publication date: 11/01/2010
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.70(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Olaf H. Smedal is Associate Professor of Social Anthropology at the University of Bergen. He has conducted long-term fieldwork in Indonesia since the beginning of the 1980s: first among the Lom on Bangka (an island off Sumatra) and later among the Ngadha in Flores in eastern Indonesia. His research interests include social organization and kinship, symbolization, ritual, comparative epistemology, the history of anthropology and theory of science.

Knut M. Rio is Associate Professor of Social Anthropology at the University of Bergen. He has conducted long-term fieldwork in Vanuatu in the western Pacific and published The Power of Perspective: Social Ontology and Agency on Ambrym Island, Vanuatu (Berghahn Books, 2007).

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Chapter 1. Hierarchy and Its Alternatives: An Introduction to Movements of Totalization and Detotalization

Knut M. Rio and Olaf H. Smedal

Chapter 2. Conversion, Hierarchy, and Cultural Change: Value and Syncretism in the Globalization of Pentecostal and Charismatic Christianity

Joel Robbins

Chapter 3. Gender and Value: Conceptualizing Social Forms on Ambrym, Vanuatu

Annelin Eriksen

Chapter 4. Can a Hierarchical Religion Survive without Its Center? Caodaism, Colonialism, and Exile

Janet Hoskins

Chapter 5. The Headless State in Inner Asia: Reconsidering Kinship Society and the Discourse of Tribalism

David Sneath

Chapter 6. The Perfect Sovereign: The Sacralized Power of the Ottoman Sultan

Kjetil Fosshagen

Chapter 7. Marriage, Rank, and Politics in Hawaii

Valerio Valeri

Chapter 8. Polynesian Conceptions of Sociality: A Dynamic Field of Hierarchical Encompassment

Ingjerd Hoëm

Chapter 9. On the Value of the Beast or the Limit of Money: Notes on the Meaning of Marriage Prestations among the Ngadha, Central Flores (Indonesia)

Olaf H. Smedal

Chapter 10. Hierarchy Is not Inequality-in Polynesia, for Instance

Serge Tcherkézoff

Chapter 11. Hierarchy and Power: A Comparative Attempt under Asymmetrical Lines

André Iteanu

Afterword: On Dumont's Relentless Comparativism

Frederick H. Damon

Notes on Contributors

Index

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