Hierarchy: Persistence and Transformation in Social Formations

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Knut M. Rio, Olaf H. Smedal
Berghahn Books, Dec 30, 2008 - Social Science - 336 pages
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Louis Dumont's concept of hierarchy continues to inspire social scientists. Using it as their starting point, the contributors to this volume introduce both fresh empirical material and new theoretical considerations. On the basis of diverse ethnographic contexts in Oceania, Asia, and the Middle East they challenge some current conceptions of hierarchical formations and reassess former debates - of post-colonial and neo-colonial agendas, ideas of "democratization" and "globalization," and expanding market economies - both with regard to new theoretical issues and the new world situation.

 

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Contents

Ch 1Hierarchy and its alternatives
1
Ch 2Coversion hierarchy and cultural change
65
Ch 3Gender and value
89
Ch 4Can a Hierarchical religion survive without its center?
113
Ch 5The headless state in inner Asia
143
Ch 6The perfect sovereign
183
Ch 7Marriage rank and politics in Hawaii
211
Ch 8Polynesian conceptions of sociality
245
Ch 9On the value of the beast or the limit of money
269
Ch 10Hierarchy is not inequalityin Polynesia for instance
299
Ch 11Hierarchy and power
331
Afterword
349
Notes on contributors
361
Index
365
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Knut M. Rio is Associate Professor of Social Anthropology at the University of Bergen. He has conducted long-term fieldwork in Vanuatu in the western Pacific and published The Power of Perspective: Social Ontology and Agency on Ambrym Island, Vanuatu (Berghahn Books, 2007).

Olaf H. Smedal is Associate Professor of Social Anthropology at the University of Bergen. He has conducted long-term fieldwork in Indonesia since the beginning of the 1980s: first among the Lom on Bangka (an island off Sumatra) and later among the Ngadha in Flores in eastern Indonesia. His research interests include social organization and kinship, symbolization, ritual, comparative epistemology, the history of anthropology and theory of science.

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