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Intellectuals and (Counter-) Politics: Essays in Historical Realism Gavin Smith

Intellectuals and (Counter-) Politics: Essays in Historical Realism

Gavin Smith

Published May 1st 2014
ISBN : 9781782383000
Hardcover
254 pages
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Contemporary forms of capitalism and the state require close analytic attention to reveal the conditions of possibility for effective counter-politics. On the other hand the practice of collective politics needs to be studied through historicalMoreContemporary forms of capitalism and the state require close analytic attention to reveal the conditions of possibility for effective counter-politics. On the other hand the practice of collective politics needs to be studied through historical ethnography if we are to understand what might make peoples actions effective. This book suggests a research agenda designed to maximize the political leverage of ordinary people faced with ever more remote states and technologies that make capitalism increasingly rapacious. Gavin Smith opens and closes this series of interlinked essays by proposing a concise framework for untangling what he calls the society of capital and subsequently a potentially controversial way of seeing its contemporary features. This book tackles the political conundrums of our times and asks what roles intellectuals might play therein.Gavin Smith is the author of Livelihood and Resistance: Peasants and the Politics of Land in Peru (1989)- Confronting the Present: Towards a Politically Engaged Anthropology (1999)- and, with Susana Narotzky, Immediate Struggles: People, Power and Place in Rural Spain (2006). He is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Toronto.