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Anthropologies of Class: Power, Practice, and Inequality James Carrier

Anthropologies of Class: Power, Practice, and Inequality

James Carrier

Published January 31st 2015
ISBN : 9781107087415
Hardcover
248 pages
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Rising social, political and economic inequality in many countries, and rising protest against it, has seen the restoration of the concept of class to a prominent place in contemporary anthropological debates. A timely intervention in theseMoreRising social, political and economic inequality in many countries, and rising protest against it, has seen the restoration of the concept of class to a prominent place in contemporary anthropological debates. A timely intervention in these discussions, this book explores the concept of class and its importance for understanding the key sources of that inequality and of peoples attempts to deal with it. Highly topical, it situates class within the context of the current economic crisis, integrating elements from today into the discussion of an earlier agenda. Using cases from North and South America, Western Europe and South Asia, it shows the - sometimes surprising - forms that class can take, as well as the various effects it has on peoples lives and societies.