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Critical Comparisons in Politics and Culture - John Bowen

Critical Comparisons in Politics and Culture

By: John Bowen (Editor), Roger Petersen (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 13th November 1999
ISBN: 9780521653015
Number Of Pages: 278

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Leading anthropologists and political scientists are brought together in this volume to debate the problem of comparison, taking up a variety of topics from nationalist violence and labour strikes to ritual forms and religious practices. The contributors criticise conventional forms of comparative method, and introduce new comparative strategies, ranging from abstract model building to ethnographically based methods. They represent a wide variety of theoretical positions, from rational choice theory to interpretivism, and the issues are clarified in the cut and thrust of debate. This will be an excellent case book for courses on comparison across the social sciences.

Introduction
National revivals and violence
Mechanisms and structures in comparison
Comparative methodologies in the analysis of anthropological data
The role of comparison in light of the theory of culture
Case studies in contemporary job loss
Defining the contours of an Islamic reform movement
Producing an analytic narrative
Political consciousness on Boa Ventura
Comparisons in the context of a game theoretic argument
The role of microhistories in comparative studies
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ISBN: 9780521653015
ISBN-10: 0521653010
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 278
Published: 13th November 1999
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 1.9
Weight (kg): 0.58