ISBN-10:
0813309883
ISBN-13:
9780813309880
Pub. Date:
02/01/1996
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Reconceptualizing The Peasantry: Anthropology In Global Perspective / Edition 1

Reconceptualizing The Peasantry: Anthropology In Global Perspective / Edition 1

by Michael Kearney

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Reconceptualizing The Peasantry: Anthropology In Global Perspective / Edition 1

The concept of 'peasant' has been constructed from residual images of pre-industrial European and colonial rural society. Spurred by Romantic sensibilities and modern nationalist imaginations, the images the word peasant brings to mind are anachronisms that do not reflect the ways in which rural people live today. In this path-breaking book, Michael Kearney shows how the concept has been outdistanced by contemporary history. He situates the peasantry within the current social context of the transnational and post-Cold War nation-state and clears the way for alternative theoretical views.Reconceptualizing the Peasantry looks at rural society in general and considers the problematic distinction between rural and urban. Most definitions of and debates about peasants have focused on their presumed social, economic, cultural, and political characteristics, but Kearney articulates the way in which peasants define themselves in a rapidly changing world. In the process, he develops ethnographic and political forms of representation that correspond to contemporary postpeasant identities. Moving beyond a reconsideration of peasantry, the book situates anthropology in global context, showing how the discipline reconstructs itself and its subjects according to changing circumstances.

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ISBN-13: 9780813309880
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 02/01/1996
Series: Critical Essays in Anthropology Series
Edition description: REV
Pages: 227
Sales rank: 1,008,132
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)
Lexile: 1630L (what's this?)

About the Author

Michael Kearney is professor of anthropology at the University of California at Riverside.

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