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The Anthropology of Politics

A Reader in Ethnography, Theory,
and Critique

Edited by
Joan Vincent

BLACKWELL
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Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction

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Joan Vincent
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Prelude: The Enlightenment and its Challenges

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Introduction
Adam Ferguson, Civil Society (1767)
Adam Smith Free-Market Policies (1776)
Immanuel Kant, Perpetual Peace (1795), Universal History with
Cosmopolitan Purpose (1784), and Anthropology from a Pragmatic
Point of View (1797)
Henry Sumner Maine, The Effects of the Observation of India on
European Thought (1887)
Lewis Henry Morgan, The Property Career of Mankind (1877)
Karl Marx, Spectres outside the Domain of Political Economy (1844)
Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, The World Market (1847)
James Mooney, The Dream of a Redeemer (1896)

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Part II

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Classics and Classics Revisited

Introduction
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Nuer Politics: Structure and System (1940)
E. E. Evans-Pritchard

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Nuer Ethnicity Militarized

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Sharon Elaine Hutchinson
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"The Bridge": Analysis of a Social Situation in Zululand

Max Gluckman

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CONTENTS

4 "The Bridge" Revisited
Ronald Frankenberg
5 Market Model, Class Structure and Consent: A Reconsideration
of Swat Political Organization
Talal Asad

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6 The Troubles of Ranhamy Ge Punchirala
E. R. Leach

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Stratagems and Spoils
F. G. Bailey

8 Passages, Margins, and Poverty: Religious Symbols of Communitas
Victor W. Turner
9 Political Anthropology
Marc J. Swartz, Victor W. Turner, and Arthur Tuden

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10 New Proposals for Anthropologists
Kathleen Gough

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11 National Liberation
Eric R. Wolf

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Part III

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Imperial Times, Colonial Places

Introduction
12 From the History of Colonial Anthropology to the Anthropology
of Western Hegemony
Talal Asad
13 East of Said
Richard G. Fox

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14 Perceptions of Protest: Defining the Dangerous in Colonial Sumatra
Ann Stoler

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15 Culture of Terror - Space of Death
Michael Taussig

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16 Images of the Peasant in the Consciousness of the Venezuelan
Proletariat
William Roseberry

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17 Of Revelation and Revolution
Jean and John Comaroff

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18 Between Speech and Silence
Susan Gal

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19 Facing Power - Old Insights, New Questions
Eric R. Wolf

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CONTENTS

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20 Ethnographic Aspects of the World Capitalist System
June Nash

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Part IV

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Cosmopolitics: Confronting a New Millennium

Introduction

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21 The New World Disorder
Benedict Anderson
22 Grassroots Globalization and the Research Imagination
Arjun Appadurai

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23 Transnationalization, Socio-political Disorder, and Ethnification as
Expressions of Declining Global Hegemony
Jonathan Friedman

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24 Deadly Developments and Phantasmagoric Representations
S. P. Reyna

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25 Modernity at the Edge of Empire
David Nugent

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26 Politics on the Periphery
Anna Lowenhaupt Tsing

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27 Flexible Citizenship among Chinese Cosmopolitans
Aihwa Ong

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28 Long-distance Nationalism Defined
Nina Glick Schiller and Georges Fouron

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29 Theorizing Socialism: A Prologue to the "Transition"
Katherine Verdery

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30 Marx Went Away but Karl Stayed Behind
Caroline Humphrey

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31 The Anti-politics Machine
James Ferguson

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32 Peasants against Globalization
Marc Edelman

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33 On Suffering and Structural Violence: A View from Below
Paul Farmer

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34 Anthropology and Politics: Commitment, Responsibility
and the Academy
John Gledhill

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35 Thinking Academic Freedom in Gendered Post-coloniality
Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak

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Index

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