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Critical Comparisons in Politics and Culture

Critical Comparisons in Politics and Culture

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John R. Bowen, Roger Petersen, David D. Laitin, Fredrik Barth, Greg Urban, Miriam A. Golden, Margaret Levi, Allen Johnson, Barbara Geddes
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  • Date Published: November 1999
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521653794

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  • Leading anthropologists and political scientists are brought together in this volume to debate the problem of comparison, taking up a variety of topics from nationalist violence and labor strikes to ritual forms and religious practices. The contributors criticize conventional forms of comparative method, and introduce new comparative strategies, ranging from abstract model building to ethnographically based methods. They represent a wide variety of theoretical positions, from rational choice theory to interpretivism, and the issues are clarified in the cut and thrust of debate.

    • Promising meeting ground between rational choice and interpretive versions of social science
    • Excellent case book for courses on comparisons and methods across the social sciences
    • Includes cutting edge work
    • Most of the key literature is found in article form or as single pieces in generalized method volumes
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    • Date Published: November 1999
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521653794
    • length: 278 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 16 mm
    • weight: 0.41kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction John R. Bowen and Roger Petersen
    2. National revivals and violence David D. Laitin
    3. Mechanisms and structures in comparison Roger Peterson
    4. Comparative methodologies in the analysis of anthropological data Fredrik Barth
    5. The role of comparison in light of the theory of culture Greg Urban
    6. Case studies in contemporary job loss Miriam A. Golden
    7. Defining the contours of an Islamic reform movement John Bowen
    8. Producing an analytic narrative Margaret Levi
    9. Political consciousness on Boa Ventura Allen Johnson
    10. Comparisons in the context of a game theoretic argument Barbara Geddes
    11. The role of microhistories in comparative studies John Bowen.

  • Editors

    John Bowen, Washington University, St Louis

    Roger Petersen, Washington University, St Louis


    John R. Bowen, Roger Petersen, David D. Laitin, Fredrik Barth, Greg Urban, Miriam A. Golden, Margaret Levi, Allen Johnson, Barbara Geddes

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