Anthropology and Political Economy: Theoretical and Asian by John Clammer

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How are conflicts which arise in the process of production dealt with? What alternative uses could be given to time used in production? If we ask these specifically sociological questions about technological change, two things will follow. First, we shall rediscover that the interrelations of technology and society are very complicated, which is no surprise. Secondly, 32 Political Economy and the Study of Development the exogenous comparative statics of cultural evolution can be transformed into a view of dynamic change, initially within individual societies and ultimately to a more sophisticated theory of social evolution.

Terray, Marxism and 'Primitive' Sodeties (London and New York, 1972); C. Meillassoux, 'Essai d'interpretation du phenomene economique dans les societes traditionnelles d'autosubsistance', Cahiers d'Etudes Africaines, 1960. See T. ) Anthropology and the Colonial Encounter (London, 1973). See especially L. Althusser and E. Balibar, Reading Capital (London, 1970). J. R. Clammer, 'Economic Anthropology and the Sociology of Development: "Liberal" Anthropology and its French critics', in I. Oxaal, T.

While there is some rationality in the sodal development of mankind, the subject of this rationality is not the isolated and absurd individual of a timeless human nature and psychology, but men in all the aspects, conscious and unconsdous, of their sodal relations. 37 Thirdly, while Godelier's text does attempt to bring into a systematic relationship anthropology and Marxism, it does so on the basis of an idiosyncratic view of the nature of both these two elements in his equation. As Asad rightly points out, 'Godelier accepts and reaffirms the theoretical practice of a particular part of anthropology', 38 but he does not go on to draw a conclusion from this, notably that in so doing, at a deep level Godelier renders himselfindistinguishable from those he wishes to critidse - not only the substantivists whom he closely resembles, but even, paradoxically, the formalists, since logically the direction of his rationality argument can as easily point to a formalist conclusion as away from one.

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