By Myron J. Aronoff, Jan Kubik
What can anthropology and political technological know-how study from one another? The authors argue that collaboration, quite within the quarter of innovations and methodologies, is enormously important for either disciplines, even though in addition they care for a few troubling points of the connection. targeting the impact of anthropology on political technology, the booklet examines the elemental assumptions the practitioners of every self-discipline make concerning the nature of social and political fact, compares a few of the key innovations every one box employs, and offers an intensive evaluation of the elemental equipment of study that "bridge" either disciplines: ethnography and case learn. via ethnography (participant observation), reliance on prolonged case reports, and using "anthropological" thoughts and sensibilities, a better knowing of a few of the main tough problems with the day could be received. for instance, political anthropology demanding situations the appearance of the "autonomy of the political" assumed through political technological know-how to symbolize so-called "modern" societies. numerous chapters contain a cross-disciplinary research of key suggestions and matters: political tradition, political ritual, the politics of collective identification, democratization in divided societies, clash solution, civil society, and the politics of post-Communist alterations.
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For example, it has been introduced to contrast economic and anthropological approaches. Desmond McNeill, while outlining an interdisciplinary approach to sustainable development, contrasts those approaches sharply: Economics is concerned with human beings interacting with each other as (rational, self-interested, autonomous, maximising) decision-makers, with the emphasis on the individual entity; nature is typically treated as a material resource/constraint. Anthropology is concerned with human beings interacting with each other not only as decision-makers but also as meaning-makers, with the emphasis on the collective; nature is regarded both as a resource/constraint and as a locus of meaning.
The Consortium on Qualitative Methods. edu/ moynihan/programs/cqrm/. 9. Alexander and Giesen see the distinction between holism and individualism, and between macro and micro, as belonging to the “core oppositions in Occidental thinking” related to the philosophical controversy between nominalism and realism (1987: 3). 10. Dilthey’s writings are available in English in several editions. See, for example, Dilthey 1976. 11. Anthony Giddens provides the most succinct characterization of positivism: “In nineteenth-century social philosophy and social theory positivism was in the ascendant, if positivism is taken to mean two things.
14. Green 2002 offers an interesting way of distinguishing these two concepts. We use them interchangeably. 15. Constructivism has become an accepted and vibrant option in many branches of political science, albeit it is not dominant. See, for example, Blyth 2002 on political economy, Katzenstein 1996 and Klotz & Lynch 2007 on international relations, and Green 2003 on comparative politics. 16. ” 17. Clifford Geertz, the most influential anthropologist of the last 40 years, muses: “beginning of the field whenever it was (Rivers?