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Hierarchy: Persistance and Transformation of Social Formations

Louis Dumont’s concept of hierarchy continues to inspire social scientists. Using it as their starting point, they contributors to this volume introduce both fresh empirical material and new theoretical orientations.

On the basis of diverse ethnographic contexts in Oceania, Asia, and the Middle East they challenge some current conceptions of hierarchical formations and reassess former debates—of post-colonial and neo-colonial agendas, ideas of “democratization” and “globalization,” and expanding market-economies—both with regard to new theoretical issues and the new world situation.

Sample pages for published titles are available to view online at: http://www.amazon.co.uk

Publisher: Berghahn Books (20 Oct 2008)

ISBN-10: 1845454936
ISBN-13: 978-1845454937