Marxist Modern by Donald L. Donham
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Marxist Modern
By Donald L. Donham

Marxist Modern

An Ethnographic History of the Ethiopian Revolution

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Marxist Modern by Donald L. Donham

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Modernity has become a keyword in a number of recent intellectual discussions. In this book, Donald L. Donham shows that similar debates have long occurred, particularly among peoples located on the margins of world power and wealth. Based on extensive fieldwork in Ethiopia--conducted over a twenty-year period-- Marxist Modern provides a cultural history of the Ethiopian revolution that highlights the role of modernist ideas. Moving between the capital, Addis Ababa, and Maale, the home of a small ethnic group in the south, Donham constructs a narrative of upheaval and change, presenting local people's understandings of events, as these echoed with and appropriated stories of other world revolutions. With the help of poststructuralist insights and theories of narrative, Donham locates a recurrent dialectic between modernist Marxism, local Maale traditionalisms, and antimodernist, evangelical Christianity. One of the most consequential outcomes of this interaction--until the late 1980s--was the creation of a more powerful state, one that penetrated peasant communities ever more deeply and pervasively. Combining sophisticated theory with fascinating ethnographic detail, this study contributes to the theory of revolution as well as the study of modernity. In doing so, it seeks to integrate ethnography and history in a new way.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780520213296
ISBN-10: 0520213297
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 152mm x 15mm)
Pages: 262
Imprint: University of California Press
Publisher: University of California Press
Publish Date: 25-Jun-1999
Country of Publication: United States

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History, Power, Ideology by Donald L. Donham History, Power, Ideology, Paperback (June 1999)

Is Marxism a reflection of the conceptual system it fights against, rather than a truly comprehensive approach to human history? Drawing on work in anthropology, history, and philosophy, this title confronts this problem in analyzing a radically different social order: the former Maale kingdom of southern Ethiopia.

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Author Biography - Donald L. Donham

Donald L. Donham is Professor of Anthropology at Emory University. He is the author of "Work and Power in Maale, Ethiopia" (1994) and "History, Power, Ideology: Central Issues in Marxism and Anthropology" (1990) which California is presently reissuing in paperback as a companion.

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