Pathways of Power

Eric Wolf

Published by University of California Press

Published in print January 2001 | ISBN: 9780520223332
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520924871 | DOI:
Pathways of Power

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This collection is a legacy of some of the author's most original work, with a foreword by Aram Yengoyan. Of the chapters, six have never been published and two have not appeared in English until now. Shortly before his death, the author 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.” The author set the terms for anthropological thinking about peasantries, culture and power, complex societies, and interactions between noncapitalist societies and capitalism.

Keywords: Aram Yengoyan; Sydel Silverman; anthropology; complex societies; world systems; peasantries; culture and power; noncapitalist societies; capitalism; anthropological thinking

Book.  483 pages.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Theory and Practice of Anthropology

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