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The SAGE Handbook of Political Science presents a major retrospective and prospective overview of the discipline. Comprising three volumes of contributions from expert authors from around the world, the handbook aims to frame, assess and synthesize research in the field, helping to define and identify its current and future developments. It does so from a truly global and cross-area perspective. Chapters cover a broad range of aspects, from providing a general introduction to exploring important subfields within the discipline. Each chapter is designed to provide a state-of-the-art and comprehensive overview of the topic by incorporating cross-cutting global, interdisciplinary, and, where this applies, gender perspectives. The Handbook is arranged over seven core thematic sections: Part 1: Political Theory; Part 2: Methods; Part 3: Political Sociology; Part ...

Political Anthropology and Its Legacy
Political anthropology and its legacy
Yves Schemeil

The goals, methods, and content of political anthropology (PA) vary across time and place. In some academic traditions it is conceived as ‘cultural anthropology', which raises concerns about what ‘cultural’ really means. Other streams of research call it ‘ethnology', to claim that it cannot be reduced to ethnography (the mere collection of data and artifacts). Generalizing from observation is the main ambition of political anthropologists – with a risk: discarding local and historical evidence to opt for a global comparative perspective.

PA does not track politics as is usually conceived, i.e. pertaining to the public sphere, but looks for it everywhere else. It focuses on the political underpinnings of social ...

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