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Morals of Legitimacy: Between Agency and the System

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New Directions in Anthropology



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Morals of Legitimacy

Between Agency and the System

Edited by Italo Pardo
Published in Association with UNESCO

272 pages, bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-57181-765-5 $135.00/£99.00 / Hb / Published (January 2001)

ISBN  978-1-57181-785-3 $34.95/£27.95 / Pb / Published (January 2001)

eISBN 978-1-80073-391-6 eBook


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This volume is a welcome contribution for all those interested in human interactions with their environments, past, present, and future… [Scholars] will find it an excellent interdisciplinary complement to the literature of their field. The chapters are all well written, and many include photographs, maps, tables, and graphs. All reflect serious, well-designed participatory research projects…As this book demonstrates admirably, people, plants, and their habitats continue to maintain living, dynamic relationships in Europe, as elsewhere in the world.”  ·  Environmental History

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With the growing fragmentation of western societies and disillusionment with the political process, the question of legitimacy has become one of the key issues of contemporary politics and is examined in this volume in depth for the first time. Drawing on ethnographic material from the U.S., Europe, India, Japan, and Africa, anthropologists and legal scholars investigate the morally diversified definitions of legitimacy that co-exist in any one society. Aware of the tensions between state morality and community morality, they offer reflections on the relationship between agency - individual and collective - and the legal and political systems. In a situation in which politics has only too often degenerated into vacuous rhetoric, this volume demonstrates how critical the relationship between trust and legitimacy is for the authoritative exercise of power in democratic societies.

Italo Pardo is Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Kent.

Subject: Anthropology (General) Political and Economic Anthropology


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