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Power And Its Disguises : Anthropological Perspectives On Politics - John Gledhill

Power And Its Disguises

Anthropological Perspectives On Politics

Paperback Published: 20th July 2000
ISBN: 9780745316857
Number Of Pages: 288

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In this fully updated edition of Power and Its Disguises, John Gledhill explores both the complexities of local situations and the power relations that shape the global order. He shows how historically informed anthropological perspectives can contribute to debates about democratisation by incorporating a 'view from below' and revealing forces that shape power relations behind the formal facade of state institutions. Examples are drawn from Brazil, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo, Guatemala, Indonesia, India, Mexico, Peru, Sierra Leone, South Africa and Sri Lanka, amongst others.

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Praise for the first edition: "Coverage is worldwide, critical, and cogent." Choice"Gledhill manages to cover a lot of ground in drawing out the thematic and theoretical focuses of political anthropology, brilliantly giving them life through a wide variety of empirical examples. ... The book will serve as a very good introduction to political anthropology for any student of power and politics." Journal of Peace Research

Preface to the Second Editionp. vii
Locating the political: a political anthropology for todayp. 1
How not to use the West as a point of departurep. 8
The distinctiveness of the modern statep. 15
Wider implications of historical discontinuityp. 18
Political anthropology reconstitutedp. 20
The origins and limits of coercive power: the anthropology of stateless societiesp. 23
The externalization of the political as the negation of powerp. 27
Sexual politics in stateless societiesp. 32
Civilization, mother of barbarismp. 38
'Stateless societies' under the modern statep. 41
From hierarchy to surveillance: the politics of agrarian civilizations and the rise of the Western national statep. 45
Political systems in theories of European developmentp. 48
A specifically European dynamic?p. 51
Agrarian civilization outside Europep. 58
The political anthropology of colonialism: a study of domination and resistancep. 67
Structural-functionalist political anthropology as a child of its timep. 69
The colonial process as an object of analysisp. 71
Cracks in the structures: the anthropology of resistancep. 77
Post-colonial states: legacies of history and pressures of modernityp. 92
Regime variation in post-independence Africap. 94
Deep politics: the state and civil societyp. 100
Power relations in the shadow statep. 103
'Democratization' in Latin Americap. 105
Mexico: democratization versus the shadow state and militarizationp. 110
Indigenous peoples and the state in Mexico and Guatemalap. 119
From macro-structure to micro-process: anthropological analysis of political practicep. 127
Getting at structure through eventsp. 130
Politics as the activity of 'political men'p. 135
The autonomy of the political field and its symbolic practicesp. 138
Insidious strategies of powerp. 149
Political process and 'global disorder': perspectives on contemporary conflict and violencep. 153
Expanding capitalism, declining empiresp. 154
Cultural globalization and power relationsp. 161
From the fantasies of 'Senderology' to the roots of political violence in Perup. 167
Sri Lanka: constructing new orders through violencep. 177
Society against the modern state? The politics of social movementsp. 184
Social movements theory: the need for scepticismp. 185
Alternative modernitiesp. 196
Cultural politics and political constructions of culturep. 199
Popular politics and the politicization of genderp. 205
Anthropology and politics: commitment, responsibility and the academyp. 214
The politics of anthropological knowledge production: some initial dilemmasp. 215
Acting on the basis of knowledgep. 221
Commitment at the grassrootsp. 227
From knowledge to wisdom?p. 234
Power and its disguisesp. 238
Bibliographyp. 243
Indexp. 259
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ISBN: 9780745316857
ISBN-10: 0745316859
Series: Anthropology, Culture and Society
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 20th July 2000
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.54 x 13.64  x 1.65
Weight (kg): 0.32
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: Revised

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