The Imbalance of Power : Leadership, Masculinity and Wealth in the Amazon Hardback
Amerindian societies have an iconic status in classical political thought.
For Montaigne, Hobbes, Locke, Hume and Rousseau, the native American 'state of nature' operates as a foil for the European polity.
Challenging this tradition, The Imbalance of Power demonstrates ethnographically that the Carib speaking indigenous societies of the Guiana region of Amazonia do not fit conventional characterizations of 'simple' political units with 'egalitarian' political ideologies and 'harmonious' relationships with nature.
Marc Brightman builds a persuasive and original theory of Amerindian politics: far from balanced and egalitarian, Carib societies are rife with tension and difference; but this imbalance conditions social dynamism and a distinctive mode of cohesion.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 206 pages
- Publisher: Berghahn Books
- Publication Date: 31/12/2016
- Category: Indigenous peoples
- ISBN: 9781785333095
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