By Myron J. Aronoff, Jan Kubik
What can anthropology and political technological know-how research from one another? The authors argue that collaboration, relatively within the sector of techniques and methodologies, is drastically necessary for either disciplines, even though additionally they take care of a few troubling points of the connection. concentrating on the impression of anthropology on political technology, the e-book examines the fundamental assumptions the practitioners of every self-discipline make in regards to the nature of social and political truth, compares the various key ideas every one box employs, and offers an in depth assessment of the fundamental equipment of study that "bridge" either disciplines: ethnography and case research. via ethnography (participant observation), reliance on prolonged case reviews, and using "anthropological" strategies and sensibilities, a better knowing of a few of the main tough problems with the day should be won. for instance, political anthropology demanding situations the semblance of the "autonomy of the political" assumed via political technology to represent so-called "modern" societies. numerous chapters contain a cross-disciplinary research of key techniques and concerns: political tradition, political ritual, the politics of collective identification, democratization in divided societies, clash solution, civil society, and the politics of post-Communist changes.
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2001:3) Importantly, over the last several decades economics has become the leading supplier of theories, methods, and conceptualizations for several key branches of political science, thereby introducing or reinforcing the latter’s individualistic/monodimensional tendencies. Political scientists are, however, usually unaware that while the economic thinking has by and large coalesced around a single view of economic activity, anthropology, by contrast, has been for a long time split between two, Introduction 11 very different conceptualizations of the economic.
Fifth, the fall of state socialism allowed anthropologists both to reconsider the nature of “actually existing socialism” (Yurchak 2005) and contribute productively to several important debates on post-communism. To list just a few, there is a debate on property and property transformations (Verdery 2003; Verdery and Humphrey 2004; Allina-Pisano 2008), transitional dislocations and impoverishment (Humphrey 2002; Kideckel 2008), and the revival of religion and “religious” politics (Hann 2010). During roughly the same period, some political scientists—also influenced by the “cultural turn”—developed approaches to the relationship between culture and politics based on the definition of culture that treats it as a “web of meanings” (Geertz 1973) rather than a “syndrome of attitudes” (Almond & Verba 1963).
But we caution here and elsewhere that such distinctions are heuristic and should never be reified. Unfortunately, there is a strong tendency to do so even by conscientious social scientists. Monodimensionality versus Multidimensionality In research practice, the adherents of the holistic approach do not work with a concept of some undifferentiated whole. They do, however, tend to approach social processes or events as multidimensional phenomena (economic and social and cultural) and they privilege an image 10 Anthropology & Political Science of the social world as a complex network of connections, whose study may call for expertise coming from several traditional disciplines.
Anthropology and Political Science: A Convergent Approach by Myron J. Aronoff, Jan Kubik