This collection of twenty-eight essays by renowned anthropologist Eric R. Wolf is a legacy of some of his most original work, with an insightful foreword by Aram Yengoyan. Of the essays, six have never been published and two have not appeared in English until now. Shortly before his death, Wolf prepared introductions to each section and individual pieces, as well as an intellectual autobiography that introduces the collection as a whole. Sydel Silverman, who completed the editing of the book, says in her preface, "He wanted this selection of his writings over the past half-century to serve as part of the history of how anthropology brought the study of complex societies and world systems into its purview.".
Cover Contents Foreword: Culture and Power in the Writings of Eric R. Wolf Preface Introduction: An Intellectual Autobiography PART I. ANTHROPOLOGY 1. American Anthropologists and American Society 2. Kroeber Revisited 3. Remarks on The People of Puerto Rico 4. On Fieldwork and Theory 5. Anthropology among the Powers PART II. CONNECTIONS 6. Building the Nation 7. The Social Organization of Mecca and the Origins of Islam 8. Aspects of Group Relations in a Complex Society: Mexico 9. The Virgin of Guadalupe: A Mexican National Symbol 10. Closed Corporate Peasant Communities in Mesoamerica and Central Java 11. The Vicissitudes of the Closed Corporate Peasant Community 12. Kinship, Friendship, and Patron-Client Relations in Complex Societies 13. Ethnicity and Nationhood PART III. PEASANTS 14. Types of Latin American Peasantry: A Preliminary Discussion 15. Specific Aspects of Plantation Systems in the New World: Community Subcultures and Social Classes 16. Peasants and Revolution 17. Phases of Rural Protest in Latin America 18. Is the "Peasantry" a Class? 19. On Peasant Rent 20. The Second Serfdom in Eastern Europe and Latin America 21. Peasant Nationalism in an Alpine Valley PART IV. CONCEPTS 22. Culture: Panacea or Problem? 23. Inventing Society 24. The Mills of Inequality: A Marxian Approach 25. Incorporation and Identity in the Making of the Modern World 26. Ideas and Power 27. Facing Power-Old Insights, New Questions 28. Perilous Ideas: Race, Culture, People References Index A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W Y Z.
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