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Imbalance of Power (Hardcover)

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Amerindian societies have an iconic status in classical political thought. For Montaigne, Hobbes, Locke, Hume and Rousseau, the native American 'state of nature' operates as a foil for the European polity. Challenging this tradition, The Imbalance of Power demonstrates ethnographically that the Carib speaking indigenous societies of the Guiana region of Amazonia do not fit conventional characterizations of 'simple' political units with 'egalitarian' political ideologies and 'harmonious' relationships with nature. Marc Brightman builds a persuasive and original theory of Amerindian politics: far from balanced and egalitarian, Carib societies are rife with tension and difference; but this imbalance conditions social dynamism and a distinctive mode of cohesion.

Number of Pages: 216
Genre: Social Science
Sub-Genre: Leadership
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Berghahn Books
Language: English
Street Date: December 30, 2016
TCIN: 51714756
UPC: 9781785333095
Item Number (DPCI): 248-33-3949
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