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Envisioning Power
By Eric Robert Wolf

Envisioning Power

Ideologies of Dominance and Crisis

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Envisioning Power by Eric Robert Wolf

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With the originality and energy that have marked his earlier works, Eric Wolf now explores the historical relationship of ideas, power, and culture. Responding to anthropology's long reliance on a concept of culture that takes little account of power, Wolf argues that power is crucial in shaping the circumstances of cultural production. Responding to social-science notions of ideology that incorporate power but disregard the ways ideas respond to cultural promptings, he demonstrates how power and ideas connect through the medium of culture. Wolf advances his argument by examining three very different societies, each remarkable for its flamboyant ideological expressions: the Kwakiutl Indians of the Northwest Pacific Coast, the Aztecs of pre-Hispanic Mexico, and National Socialist Germany. Tracing the history of each case, he shows how these societies faced tensions posed by ecological, social, political, or psychological crises, prompting ideological responses that drew on distinctive, historically rooted cultural understandings. In each case study, Wolf analyzes how the regnant ideology intertwines with power around the pivotal relationships that govern social labor. Anyone interested in the history of anthropology or in how the social sciences make comparisons will want to join Wolf in Envisioning Power.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780520215825
ISBN-10: 0520215826
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 152mm x 19mm)
Pages: 310
Imprint: University of California Press
Publisher: University of California Press
Publish Date: 7-Jan-1999
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Eric Robert Wolf

Eric R. Wolf, (1923--1999) wrote Europe and the People Without History (UC Press), and numerous other books. He was Distinguished Professor of Anthropology (Emeritus) at H. Lehman College and Graduate School, City University of New York.

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