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Author Smith, Gavin A.

Title Intellectuals and (counter- ) politics : essays in historical realism / Gavin Smith
Published New York : Berghahn Books, 2014
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Description 1 online resource
Series Dislocations ; volume 12
Dislocations ; v. 12
Contents Capital: structural, phenomenological, financial -- The scales of ethnography : periodizing spatial coherence in early twentieth-century, Spain -- Popular struggle, dissident intellectuals and perspectives in realist history : a case from late twentieth-century Peru -- History's absent presence in the everyday politics of contemporary rural Spain -- On the threshold between everyday practice and historical praxis -- Conditions of possibility : dominant blocs and changing contours of the hegemonic field -- Conclusion : between reflexivity and engagement : tensions in the praxis of intellectuals
Summary 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 historical ethnography if we are to understand what might make people's 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
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Ethnology -- Political aspects.
Intellectuals -- Political activity.
Protest movements.
Social movements.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1782383018 (electronic bk.)
9781782383017 (electronic bk.)