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On Kings

Publisher: Chicago, IL HAU Books [2017]
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In anthropology, as much as in the current popular imagination, kings remain figures of fascination and intrigue. As the clich{caron} goes, kings continue to die spectacular deaths only to remain subjects of vitality and long life. This collection of essays by a teacher and his student ? two of the world?s most distinguished anthropologists? explores what kingship actually is, historically and anthropologically. The  Read more...
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Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
ISBN: 0986132500 9780986132506
OCLC Number: 1006755586
Description: 1 Online-Ressource (xv, 536 Seiten) Illustrationen.
Responsibility: David Graeber and Marshall Sahlins

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In anthropology, as much as in the current popular imagination, kings remain figures of fascination and intrigue. As the clich{caron} goes, kings continue to die spectacular deaths only to remain subjects of vitality and long life. This collection of essays by a teacher and his student ? two of the world?s most distinguished anthropologists? explores what kingship actually is, historically and anthropologically. The divine, the stranger, the numinous, the bestial?the implications for understanding kings and their sacred office are not limited to questions of sovereignty, but issues ranging from temporality and alterity to piracy and utopia; indeed, the authors argue that kingship offers us a unique window into the fundamental dilemmas concerning the very nature of power, meaning, and the human condition. With the wit and sharp analysis characteristic of these two thinkers, this volume opens up new avenues for how an anthropological study of kingship might proceed in the 21st century.

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