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BOOK_0PREFACE_Two-Dimensional Man - Power and Symbolism in Complex Society (Cohen)

BOOK_0PREFACE_Two-Dimensional Man - Power and Symbolism in Complex Society (Cohen)

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Contents
Preface
IIntroduction:thebizarreandthemysticalinmodemsociety
Thehiddendimensionoforganisationl'sychologicalandcu&urologicalexplanauonsOrientationsinsociologyandpoliticalscienceTheapproachfrompoliticalanthropologyOutlineoftheargument
2Powerrelationsandsymbolicaction
ThecentraltheoreticalissueinpoliticalanthropologyThepowerorderThesymbolicorderFormandfunctionofsymbolicformauons
3Thedialecticsofpolitico-symbolicinterdependence
ContinuityandchangeinsymbolicformauonsActiontheorists(ortransactionalists)ThoughtstructuralistsAnalysisv.descriptioninsocialscience
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4Politicalman-symbolistman
InstitutionaldifferentiationandthereturntomultiplexityThepolitico-symbolicdimensionsofse/fhoodThepoliticisationoftheperennialproblemsofhumanexistence
5Symbolicstrategiesingrouporganisation
InformalorganisationOrganisationalfunctions
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Distinctiveness(orboundaries)MythologiesofdescentAllianceunderfemalesymbolismRitualbeliefiandpracticesMoralexclusiveness
Styleoflift
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Communication
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Decision-making
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Authorityandtheleadershipprocess
5
Ideology
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Be/iefandsymbolicaction:theprocessofsocialisationTheproblemofculturalheterogeneityComplexpluralismandthequestionoffreedom
6'Invisibletorganisations:somecasestudies
EthnicgroupsElitegroupsReligiousgroupsSecretritualgroups
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7Conclusions:symbolicactioninthepoliticsof
stratification
StratificationintwodimensionsThe'lineagiofcomplexsocietyThelessonofpoliticalscienceThedemystificationofhierarchyThecrucialpolitico-symbolicdramaTherelevanceof'mumbo-jumbology'
BibliographyAuthorindexSubjectindexviii484854
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dynamicinterdependencebetweenpowerrelationshipsandsymbolicactionincomplexsociety.Agooddealofanalysisinthisfieldhasbeencarriedoutbysocialanthropologistsinthecourseofstudyingsmall-scaletsimple,pre-industrialsocieties.Thebookwillthereforeexaminetheextenttowhichthetheoriestconceptstmethodsandtechniquesofsocialanthropologycanbeadaptedforthestudyofmoderncomplexsocietiesinbothdevelopinganddevelopedcountries.Inbothsimpleandindustrialsocietiesthereareextensivepatternsofnormativetnon-rationaltnon-utilitarianbehaviourwhichplaycrucialpartsinthedistributiontmaintenanceandexerciseof1?ower.DescriptivelYttheseareusuallyreferredtoascustomsortslmplYtasculture.Onahigherlevelofanalysisandabstractiontheycanbedescribedassymbols.Symbolsareobjectstactstconceptstorlinguisticformationsthatstand
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