The Politics of Egalitarianism: Theory and Practice

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Jacqueline S. Solway
Berghahn Books, 2006 - Political Science - 260 pages
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The essays assembled in this book exemplify the way political anthropologists address a range of problems that deeply affect people throughout the world. The authors draw their inspiration from the work of Canadian anthropologist Richard B. Lee, and, like him, they are concerned with understanding and acting upon issues of "indigenous rights"; the impact of colonialism, postcolonial state formation, and neoliberalism on local communities and cultures; the process of culture change; what the history and politics of egalitarian societies reveal about issues of "human nature" or "social evolution"; and how peoples in southern Africa are affected by and responding to the most recent crisis in their midst, the spread of AIDS. The authors in this volume discuss the state of a range of contemporary debates in the field that in various ways extend the political, theoretical, and empirical issues that have animated Lee's work. In addition, the book provides readers with important contemporary Kalahari studies, as well as "classic" works on foraging societies.

 

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Contents

Introduction
1
All People Are Not Good
21
Community State and Questions of Social Evolution
31
Richard
53
The Original Affluent Society Four Decades On
65
The Original Affluent Society
79
On the Politics of Being Jewish in a Multiracial State
99
The LionBushman Relationship in Nyae Nyae in
119
Juhoansi San of NorthWestern Botswana
149
Contemporary Bushman Art Identity Politics
159
San Farm Workers
189
HIVAIDS among
205
A Kalahari Chronicle
223
The Politics Art and Science
229
Selected Bibliography
243
Notes on Contributors
249

The Activist Legacy of
131

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Jacqueline Solway is associate professor of International Development Studies and Anthropology at Trent University.

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