"Cultural Anthropology" Playlists

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From the first page of the article:

Toward a current project on idioms of authoritarianism in post-Soviet space, a few chestnuts, and a few new works …

Hirschman, The Passions and the Interests: Political Arguments for Capitalism Before its Triumph (Princeton, 1977) 
     (for remembering that not all starkly cast transitions are as stark as they first appear to be)

Hocart, Kings and Councillors: An Essay in the Comparative Anatomy of Human Society (Barbey, 1936) 
     (for revisiting some of the best early work in political anthropology)

Rev, Retroactive Justice: A Prehistory of Postcommunism (Stanford, 2005) 
     (for transforming the idioms of political “necrophilia” across the formerly socialist world into storytelling with a mordant bite on contemporary forms of authoritarian rule)

Wedeen, Peripheral Visions: Publics, Power, and Performance in Yemen (Chicago, 2008) 
     (for timely comparative perspective)

Zizek, Santner, and Reinhard, The Neighbor: Three Inquiries in Political Theology (Chicago, 2005)           
     (for taking some of the earlier messages of Zizek's bright essay, “A Plea for Leninist Intolerance” (Critical Inquiry, 2002) into the psychosocial realm.)


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