Cities, Classes, and the Social Order (Anthropology of Contemporary Issues)

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9780801429576: Cities, Classes, and the Social Order (Anthropology of Contemporary Issues)

Cities, Classes, and the Social Order brings together nine conceptual and theoretical essays by the influential anthropologist, Anthony Leeds (1925–1989), whose pioneering work in the anthropology of complex societies was built on formative personal and research experiences in both urban and rural settings in the United States, Brazil, Venezuela, and Portugal.

Leeds brought to his anthropology a simultaneous concern for science and humanism, and for explanation and interpretation. He constructed a nuanced and intricate vision of the connections among ecology, technology, history, evolution, structure, process, power, culture, social organization, and human creativity. The essays in this book draw on his approach to demarcate the role of cities in human history, the use and abuse of class analysis, the bases of power in complex societies, and an agenda for ethnographic and social-historical research in the contemporary world.

In addition to major but little-known writings and an important essay on Marx here published for the first time in English, a selection of Leeds's ethnographically and politically inspired poems are included, as are several of his professionally exhibited photographs. In addition, introductory essays by R. Timothy Sieber and Roger Sanjek chart the course of Leeds's career and the development of his theoretical viewpoint.

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Anthony Leeds (1925–1989) was Professor of Anthropology at Boston University.



Roger Sanjek is a J. I. Staley Prize winner, a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellow, and the author of The Future of Us All: Race and Neighborhood Politics in New York City (published by Cornell University Press), Gray Panthers, and Ethnography in Today's World:Color Full Before Color Blind; the editor of Fieldnotes: The Makings of Anthropology (published by Cornell) and the coeditor (with Steven Gregory) of Race, and the series editor of The Anthropology of Contemporary Issues, published by Cornell.

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"This volume brings together nine conceptual and theoretical essays by Anthony Leeds (1925–89) whose pioneering work on the anthropology of complex societies was built upon formative personal and research experience in both urban and rural settings in the United States, Brazil, Venezuela, and Portugal. This volume should serve well a broad spectrum of anthropological as well as comparative social theory and contemporary urban studies."―Urban Studies

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