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Handbook of political anthropology

Author: Harald Wydra; Bjørn Thomassen
Publisher: Cheltenham, UK ; Northampton, MA, USA Edward Elgar Publishing 2020
Series: Elgar handbooks in political science
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : Paperback editionView all editions and formats
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This ground-breaking collection introduces readers to the fascinating research field of political anthropology. The chapters engage in major theoretical and methodological debates to provide interpretive frames, analytical tools and ethnographic illustrations for culturally based interpretations of political phenomena, revealing the intersection between anthropology, culture, politics and international relations.  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Aufsatzsammlung
Additional Physical Format: Erscheint auch als:
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Harald Wydra; Bjørn Thomassen
ISBN: 9781783479009 1783479000 9781839108358 1839108355
OCLC Number: 1226705166
Description: ix, 497 Seiten ; 25 cm
Series Title: Elgar handbooks in political science
Other Titles: Political Anthropology
Responsibility: edited by Harald Wydra (Holden Fellow in Politics, St Catharine's College, University of Cambridge, UK), Bjørn Thomassen (Professor, Department of Social Sciences and Business, Roskilde University, Denmark).

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This ground-breaking collection introduces readers to the fascinating research field of political anthropology. The chapters engage in major theoretical and methodological debates to provide interpretive frames, analytical tools and ethnographic illustrations for culturally based interpretations of political phenomena, revealing the intersection between anthropology, culture, politics and international relations. Theoretical tools such as liminality, sacrifice, mimesis, ethics, trickster and interpretation of meaning provide understanding of the key challenges in a globalised world. These include war zones, revolutions, migration, securitization, territorial borders, climate change and ethno-religious violence. The contributing authors focus on the ethnographies of power, political culture and forms of cultural intimacy in informal networks. Using self-critical and reflexive approaches, they show that disciplinary boundaries have been reshaped by changing meanings of power, including reconfigurations of state and sovereignty. With reflections on the potential and limits of political anthropology, this Handbook explores the art of understanding human interaction within political frameworks in a globalising world. Offering a unique reference resource in the area with exceptional cross-disciplinary research, this Handbook will suit political, social and cultural anthropologists as well as scholars in comparative political analysis and social theory.

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