Posted on

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

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.

Show description

Read Online or Download Anthropology and Political Science: A Convergent Approach PDF

Similar anthropology books

Volksgeist as Method and Ethic: Essays on Boasian Ethnography and the German Anthropological Tradition (History of Anthropology, Volume 8)

Franz Boas, the main founding determine of anthropology as a self-discipline within the usa, got here to the US from Germany in 1886. This quantity within the hugely acclaimed heritage of Anthropology sequence is the 1st wide scholarly exploration of Boas' roots within the German highbrow culture and overdue nineteenth-century German anthropology, and provides a brand new point of view at the old improvement of ethnography within the usa.

The Scope of Anthropology

Seminal ideas via the founding father of Structural Anthropology. English translation of the print model of Levi-Strauss' inaugural lecture as Chair of Social Anthropology, collage de France, January fifth, 1960.

Headhunting and Colonialism: Anthropology and the Circulation of Human Skulls in the Portuguese Empire, 1870-1930

Explores headhunting within the colonial wars and the gathering of heads for eu museums, 1870s-1930s. through taking a look at Portuguese colonialism in East Timor, it exhibits how indigenous peoples and colonial powers interacted in a jointly established means, and the way amassed continues to be turned items of political, symbolic, and clinical importance.

Ethnographic fieldwork: a beginner's guide

This article describes ethnographic fieldwork because the sluggish accumulation of information approximately anything you do not know a lot approximately first of all, facilitated through theoretical and methodological tools. The booklet presents a simple to learn advent to relatively complicated rules approximately wisdom. creation -- Ethnography -- Ethnography as a paradigm -- assets and dialectics -- Ethnography as counter-hegemony -- The ethnographic argument -- The series 1: ahead of fieldwork -- The series 2: within the box -- Chaos -- the training technique -- remark and fieldnotes -- Interviewing -- gathering garbage -- end -- The series three: after fieldwork -- Your facts -- ideas and techniques -- Analysing narratives -- Postscript

Extra info for Anthropology and Political Science: A Convergent Approach

Example text

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?

Download PDF sample

Rated 4.05 of 5 – based on 15 votes