Anthropology and Political Science: A Convergent Approach by Myron J. Aronoff, Jan Kubik

By Myron J. Aronoff, Jan Kubik

What can anthropology and political technology study from one another? The authors argue that collaboration, relatively within the zone of suggestions and methodologies, is greatly precious for either disciplines, although in addition they care for a few troubling facets of the connection. concentrating on the impact of anthropology on political technology, the e-book examines the elemental assumptions the practitioners of every self-discipline make concerning the nature of social and political fact, compares many of the key techniques each one box employs, and offers an intensive evaluation of the elemental equipment of study that "bridge" either disciplines: ethnography and case examine. via ethnography (participant observation), reliance on prolonged case stories, and using "anthropological" recommendations and sensibilities, a better knowing of a few of the main tough problems with the day will be received. for instance, political anthropology demanding situations the semblance of the "autonomy of the political" assumed via political technology to signify so-called "modern" societies. numerous chapters contain a cross-disciplinary research of key ideas and concerns: political tradition, political ritual, the politics of collective id, democratization in divided societies, clash answer, civil society, and the politics of post-Communist alterations.

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Dirks, Eley, and Ortner develop this thought further: Politics is usually conducted as if identity were fixed. The question then becomes, on what basis, at different times in different places, does the nonfixity become temporarily fixed in such a way that individuals and groups can behave as a particular kind of agency, political or otherwise? How do people become shaped into acting subjects, understanding themselves in particular ways? In effect, politics consists of the effort to domesticate the infinitude of identity.

Third, postcolonial studies exemplified by Talal Asad’s Anthropology and the Colonial Experience (1973) analyze the impact of the politicization of all social issues with the emergence (and imposition) of the state political system. Fourth, under the influence of both the postmodern theorizing and booming feminist anthropology, the concept of the political has become Introduction 21 much more spacious to include many ostensibly apolitical dimensions of human life, particularly gender (Mascia-Lees and Sharpe 2000: 24).

2001:3) Importantly, over the last several decades economics has become the leading supplier of theories, methods, and conceptualizations for several key branches of political science, thereby introducing or reinforcing the latter’s individualistic/monodimensional tendencies. Political scientists are, however, usually unaware that while the economic thinking has by and large coalesced around a single view of economic activity, anthropology, by contrast, has been for a long time split between two, Introduction 11 very different conceptualizations of the economic.

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