Risk Revisited (Anthropology, Culture and Society)

Pat Caplan

Pluto Press, 2000

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Looking at the concept of risk from a cross-cultural perspective, the contributors challenge the Eurocentric frameworks within which notions of risk are more commonly considered. They argue that perceptions of danger, and sources of anxiety, are far more socially and culturally constructed – and far more contingent – than risk theorists generally admit. Topics covered include prostitutes in London; AIDS in Tanzania; the cease-fire in Northern Ireland; the volcanic eruptions in Montserrat; modernisation in Amazonia; and the BSE scare in Britain.

Table of contents 


Copyright……Page 2
Contents……Page 3
Preface to the Second Edition……Page 5
1. Locating the political: a political anthropology for today……Page 7
2. The origins and limits of coercive power: the anthropology of stateless societies……Page 29
3. From hierarchy to surveillance: the politics of agrarian civilizations and the rise of the Western national state……Page 51
4. The political anthropology of colonialism: a study of domination and resistance……Page 73
5. Post-colonial states: legacies of history and pressures of modernity……Page 98
6. From macro-structure to micro-process: anthropological analysis of political practice……Page 133
7. Political process and ‘global disorder’: perspectives on contemporary conflict and violence……Page 159
8. Society against the modern state? The politics of social movements……Page 190
9. Anthropology and politics: commitment, responsibility and the academy……Page 220
Bibliography……Page 249
Index……Page 265

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