Pathways of Power: Building an Anthropology of the Modern World

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University of California Press, Jan 3, 2001 - Psychology - 463 pages
"Eric Wolf has literally set the terms for anthropological thinking about peasantries, culture and power, complex societies, and interactions between noncapitalist societies and capitalism. Every item in this excellent collection has stimulated and influenced both my own thought and that of many others in our field, as well as beyond it. "—Katherine Verdery, University of Michigan

"This powerful body of work begins ('Anthropology') and ends ('Concepts') in a rather speculative vein, taking us into the ideas of others and then back to Wolf. In these two sections we get a picture of the development of currents in anthropology (and the social sciences more broadly) from the early fifties to the present and the way in which Wolf's intellectual and political development was threaded through those debates and controversies. In the middle two sections ('Connections' and 'Peasants') we get the pathbreaking pieces that made Wolf the major figure he is. "—Gavin Smith, University of Toronto

"There is a large audience, to be found in anthropology and in related fields like history, cultural studies, gender studies, etc., who will receive the writings of Eric Wolf with appreciation. . . . His work is fully in the comparative anthropological tradition . . . [and] demonstrates the power of comparative historical analysis. "—Abraham Rosman, Barnard College, Columbia University
 

Contents

An Intellectual Autobiography
1
Kroeber Revisited
23
Remarks on The People of Puerto Rico
38
Anthropology among the Powers
63
CoNNECTioNS
81
The Social Organization of Mecca and the Origins
100
Symbol
139
Closed Corporate Peasant Communities
147
Is the Peasantry a Class?
252
On Peasant Rent
260
The Second Serfdom in Eastern Europe and Latin
272
Peasant Nationalism in an Alpine Valley
289
CONCEPTS
305
Inventing Society
320
A Marxian Approach
335
Incorporation and Identity in the Making of
353

The Vicissitudes of the Closed Corporate Peasant
160
Kinship Friendship and PatronClient Relations
166
Ethnicity and Nationhood
184
PEASANTS
191
Specific Aspects of Plantation Systems in the
215
Peasants and Revolution
230
Phases of Rural Protest in Latin America
241
Ideas and Power
370
Facing PowerOld Insights New Questions
383
Race Culture People
398
References
413
Index
447
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Sydel Silverman was born Sydel Finfer in Chicago, Illinois on May 20, 1933. She received a master's degree from University of Chicago's Committee on Human Development in 1957 and a doctorate in anthropology from Columbia University in 1963. She taught anthropology at Queens College in New York from 1962 to 1975, served as executive officer of the doctoral program in anthropology at the City University of New York Graduate Center from 1975 to 1986, and was president of the Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research from 1987 to 1999. She wrote or edited several books during her lifetime including Three Bells of Civilization: The Life of an Italian Hill Town, Totems and Teachers: Key Figures in the History of Anthropology, and The Beast on the Table: Conferencing with Anthropologists. She died of cancer on March 25, 2019 at the age of 85.

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