Item description for Contradictions and Conflict: A Dialectical Political Anthropology of a University in Western India (Studies in Human Society, Vol 9) by Donald V. Kurtz...
This work analyzes the history of conflict in one Indian university. Scholars representing Maharashtrian Brahman and non-Brahman castes embedded in the university's postgraduate campus and urban and rural colleges have fought for over forty years to control university government. The structure of these castes, institutional and regional contradictions, suggests that conflict will persist. The book explores the history of conflict from 1924 to 1989 and proposes a dialectical methodology to analyze the conflict. It examines the agents and dramatic conflicts that engaged them. Finally, it suggests a dialectical political anthropology for understanding politics anthropologically. The work suggests that a dialectical methodology focused on internal social contradictions provides a superior analysis of conflicts that impel historical agency, and that universities, largely ignored by anthropologists, are exciting reservoirs for ethnographic research.
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Studio: Brill Academic Publishers
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.4" Width: 6.2" Height: 0.6" Weight: 0.55 lbs.
Release Date Aug 1, 1997
Publisher Brill Academic Publishers
ISBN 9004098283 ISBN13 9789004098282
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More About Donald V. Kurtz
Dr. Donald V. Kurtz is a professor emeritus of anthropology at the University of Wisconsin– Milwaukee and a former Fulbright lecturer at the University of Poona in Pune, India. He is the author of "Contradictions and Conflict, Political Anthropology, "and "The Politics of a Poverty Habitat. "He lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.