Geopolitics and Anthropology

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Geopolitics and Anthropology

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març 22, 2015, 4:49pm

Hey all, I have done yet another review of Emmanuel Todd's excellent "Explanation of Ideology" over at amazon; - note that I had to review the French edition, "La troisieme planete: Structures familiales et systemes ideologiques" because I have already reviewed the English translation.

The bulk of my review is concerned with Islam and the middle east, yesterday and today. Also, in this one I try to use Todd's understanding of anthropology (Kinship groups) alongside geopolitics to underline how often they seem to compliment each other. I continue to be amazed at how ignored this book is! Not that I think it explains everything; nothing ever does. But this book is (to me only it seems) as suggestive as Marx, Weber, Schumpeter, Braudel and Carl Schmitt can be.

The review is here at amazon:

It cannot be on Librarything because LT does not allow more than one review on a book and I did not want to enter another instance of this book. I already have way too many known and unknown duplicates.



març 23, 2015, 9:46am

Interesting. Thanks for the link and the review.

març 23, 2015, 4:32pm

I am glad you enjoyed it. If you can find the book The Explanation of Ideology in a library I think it will be well worth your time. (The used prices at Amazon are crazy.)
The author (I think) overplays the importance of his discovery. But every original thinker does. When we think of world history, Kinship (as Emmanuel Todd understands it in this book) is but another factor that must be read along with (and against) class, ideology, ethnicity and geopolitics. (I am sure there are several more.)

març 24, 2015, 7:17pm

I also enjoyed your review of The World System: Five Hundred Years or Five Thousand?. I'm going to be reading Wallerstein and Abu-Lughod over the next several months. I might pick this one up too.

març 25, 2015, 6:51am

I very much like world systems theory myself. I think Gunder Frank and Abu-Lughod are excellent I have reservations (as you saw in my review of Gunder Frank) regarding Wallerstein. Samir Amin's anti-capitalism is far more reasonable.