Description - The Anthropology of Power by Angela P. Cheater
The Anthropology of Power presents case studies from a wide range of societies and discusses what is actually happening when people talk about 'empowering' others. The contributors question whether power is actually being transferred to the powerless, or whether this is a delusion. This collection draws on ethnographic material from Europe, the Middle East, Austalasia, Africa and the Americas exploring how traditionally disempowered groups gain influence in postcolonial and multicultural settings, from civil war to new communication technologies, from religious imperialism to transnational mining investments. It surveys the relationships between empowerment and economic development, gender and environmentalism. The contributors confront post-Foucauldian theoretical issues on the nature, distribution and balance of power, and ask whether the rhetoric of 'empowerment' actually masks a lack of change in established power relations. Madawi Al-Rasheed, King's College, London, Colin Filer, National Research Institute, Papua New Guinea, Rudo Gaidzanwa, University of Zimbabwe, Ngapare Hopa, University of A
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