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Power and Its Disguises: Anthropological Perspectives on Politics

Power and Its Disguises: Anthropological Perspectives on Politics - John Gledhill

London & Boulder: Pluto Press, 1994, Paperback.
Condition: Very Good. Previous owners' name to the upper wrapper verso.

From the cover: “Power and its Disguises examines ways in which anthropology can help us understand a world which is experiencing profound changes in the relationships between governments and the societies they govern. While some developments seem to offer the promise of greater freedom, the New World Order is pregnant with the symptoms of crisis, from the explosive nationalisms of the former Soviet Union and the gunmen of Mogadishu to increasing public cynicism in the West towards politicians and the political process.

In a controversial and thought-provoking study, John Gledhill examines the ways in which an analysis of contemporary problems is enhanced by studies of local-level and popular social movements, informal networks of power and the processes of resistance, and the interplay of cultural understandings and power politics.

Gledhill looks, too, at the political role of anthropology itself — a discipline born of colonialism which nevertheless confronts its practitioners with an uncomfortably close view of the needs and struggles of individuals and communities facing injustice and oppression.”


Jacket designed by Mike Ricketts. Size: C Format (8½" x 5¼"). In the Anthropology, Culture and Society series. [VII] 248 pages.
£13.30
Power and Its Disguises: Anthropological Perspectives on Politics