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- DescriptionThe powerful individualist and subjectivist turn in anthropology - a turn that cant be easily separated from larger political processes of neo-liberalism and neo-conservatism - is one factor resulting in tions of the social and of society as becoming little else than empty shells of small or analytical value. Abstractions such as capitalism, consumerism, and the market are thrown around with abandon and often given an unexamined descriptive and explanatory potency. The essays presented here (all by leading anthropologists) take a variety of positions on the matter of the retreat of the social. All demonstrate that if anthropology and other social sciences are to fulfill the task of a critical understanding of the diverse realities in which we all must live, it will find it impossible to do without a strong concept of the social.
- Author BiographyBruce Kapferer is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Social Sciences and is currently Professor of social Anthropology at the University of Bergen, Norway. Previously, he was Foundation Professor of Anthropology at the University of Adelaide and at James Cook University, as well as Professor and Chair at University College London.
- PublisherBerghahn Books
- Date of Publication01/10/2005
- SubjectSocial Studies: General
- Series TitleCritical Interventions: A Forum for Social Analysis
- Series Part/Volume Numberv. 6
- Place of PublicationOxford
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintBerghahn Books
- Width108 mm
- Height178 mm
- Edited byBruce Kapferer
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