London : Sage
InPedersen, L.; Cliggett, L. (ed.), The SAGE handbook of cultural anthropology, pp. 330-347
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Pedersen, L.; Cliggett, L. (ed.), The SAGE handbook of cultural anthropology
SubjectAnthropology and Development Studies
Since the birth of the discipline, anthropologists have studied politics and the political. At times this has been incidental to other interests, at other times it has been the central research focus. Elections, political institutions, the state, citizenship, and social movements are just a few of anthropologists' interests. The main contribution of political anthropology, as a field, lies in its comprehensive study of everything related to power and inequality. This chapter discusses the subdiscipline's history, its variety of research themes, and its current challenges and new directions. To begin, it focuses on one of its distinguished strengths: its dual profile.
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