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Archeology of Violence : Semiotext(e) / Foreign Agents - Pierre Clastres

Archeology of Violence

Semiotext(e) / Foreign Agents

By: Pierre Clastres, Eduardo Viveiros de Castro (Introduction by), Jeanine Herman (Translator), Ashley Lebner (Translator)

Paperback Published: 8th October 2010
ISBN: 9781584350934
Number Of Pages: 336
For Ages: 18+ years old

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The war machine is the motor of the social machine; the primitive social being relies entirely on war, primitive society cannot survive without war. The more war there is, the less unification there is, and the best enemy of the State is war. Primitive society is society against the State in that it is society-for-war.--from The Archeology of ViolenceAnthropologist and ethnographer Pierre Clastres was a major influence on Gilles Deleuze and F‚lix Guattari's Anti-Oedipus, and his writings formed an essential chapter in the discipline of political anthropology. The posthumous publication in French of Archeology of Violence in 1980 gathered together Clastres's final groundbreaking essays and the opening chapters of the book he had begun before his death in 1977 at the age of 43. Elaborating upon the conclusions of such earlier works as Society Against the State, in these essays Clastres critiques his former mentor, Claude L‚vi-Strauss, and devastatingly rejects the orthodoxy of Marxist anthropology and other Western interpretive models of "primitive societies." Discarding the traditional anthropological understanding of war among South American Indians as arising from a scarcity of resources, Clastres instead identifies violence among these peoples as a deliberate means to territorial segmentation and the avoidance of a State formation. In their refusal to separate the political from the social, and in their careful control of their tribal chiefs--who are rendered weak so as to remain dependent on the communities they represent--the "savages" Clastres presents prove to be shrewd political minds who resist in advance any attempt at "globalization."The essays in this, Clastres's final book, cover subjects ranging from ethnocide and shamanism to "primitive" power and economy, and are as vibrant and engaging as they were thirty years ago. This new edition--which includes an introduction by Eduardo Viverios de Castro--holds even more relevance for readers in today's an era of malaise and globalization.

Introductionp. 9
The Last Frontierp. 53
Savage Ethnography (on Yanoama)p. 81
The Highpoint of the Cruisep. 93
Of Ethnocidep. 101
Myths and Rites of South American Indiansp. 115
Power in Primitive Societiesp. 163
Freedom, Misfortune, the Unnameablep. 171
Primitive Economyp. 189
The Return to Enlightenmentp. 209
Marxists and Their Anthropologyp. 221
Archeology of Violence: War in Primitive Societiesp. 237
Sorrows of the Savage Warriorp. 279
Sourcesp. 325
Notesp. 327
Bibliographyp. 333
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ISBN: 9781584350934
ISBN-10: 1584350938
Series: Semiotext(e) / Foreign Agents
Audience: General
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 336
Published: 8th October 2010
Publisher: Autonomedia
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 2.4
Weight (kg): 0.5
Edition Type: New edition