I am writing a book on the history of political domination and one of my main points is that when a storable-stealable-surplus came about in the early Neolithic kin groups formed that had more structural solidarity than Paleolithic bands of hunter-gatherers i.e., members were more rule-bound and formal cross-generation leaders emerged e.g., the office of lineage elder that was passed on through the generations. I claim that all human populations have a small percentage of individuals who…Continue
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I claim that in every human group a small percentage of individuals are aggrandizers or those who have the drive to dominate others. But domination was not possible until a material base allowed the production of a storable-stealable-surplus. Only then did society begin to evolve complex structures that allowed a few to dominate the many. Such domination was the result of social construction, not biology. Presumably the biological drive was always there in primates, hominids and the…Continue
In our discussions my use of the term “inequality” has come up. My book is entitled: The Creation of Political Domination: From the Paleolithic to the Present (which exists in manuscript and which I am slowly putting on Anthropology Forum). It could be called "the rise of inequality," but that would be too narrow because inequality has always existed, but political domination has not. It did not exist in the non-storing peoples of the Paleolithic, though they had minimal inequality…Continue
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2001. “Identity Confusion.” Frontier. Vol.34.No.17 (pp. 6-8). November 18-24, 2001. Kolkata.
Printed version of the lecture: 2001“Cricket, Wittgenstein, Language Game and so forth...” Symposium on The Language Movements in India, Linguistic Research Unit, Indian Statistical…
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PHOTO-ESSAY: Funerary Folk art in Ecuador (Photographer Birte Pedersen)
FOTO-ENSAYO: Arte Funerario Popular de Ecuador (Fotografa Birte Pedersen)
Con motivo de la convocatoria del especial “Relaciones entre…
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A while ago I wrote about Fiji Water and how it came to be. After arguing with friends over whether all these bottles truly originate in Fiji I did a bit of research and here is what I came up with.
I hope to start a discussion thread at OAC with a follow up I…Continue
The colonial imagination or otherwise mimicry from the part of third world nationalist elite needs different sorts of designs supplied from the white space to fulfill their nation-building project. The immediate questions, which are haunting the elite inhabitants of the mimic nation, are: Who, on the basis of certain…Continue
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1997.“The Myth of Regionalism” Chakraborty, Dasgupta, Subha ed. Regionality and Comparative Literature. (pp. 77-83). DSA, Department of Comparative Literature, Jadavpur University, Kolkata. The Myth of Regionalism…Continue
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http://linguistlist.org/issues/19/19-3230.html " 2008. Review of the Lesbian Discourses Images of a Community. Koller, Veronika Routledge Studies in Linguistics Routledge (Taylor and Francis) 2008 LINGUIST List 19.3230. Eastern Michigan University
The book under review is on sexuality (act-pleasure-desire), or rather on the corporeal - or on the language of a specific counter-hegemonic…
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The following is cross-posted from Dead Voles. It originated in a message to participants in the Socnet and Pajek email lists. It speaks to the issue raised by Michael Alexeevich Popov in his blog post Two Anthropologies, but suggests a less apocalyptic view of our current predicament.
There are, it seems to me, three distinct approaches to social network analysis.