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Author Graeber, David, author.

Title On kings / David Graeber and Marshall Sahlins.

Published Chicago, Illinois, USA : HAU Books/University of Chicago Press, 2017.


Location Call No. Status
Physical description 1 online resource (xiii, 536 pages)
Series KU Select 2017
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Preface -- Introduction -- chapter 1. The original political society -- chapter 2. The divine kingship of the Shilluk: On violence, utopia, and the human condition -- chapter 3. The atemporal dimensions of history: In the old Kongo kingdom, for example -- chapter 4. The stranger-kingship of the Mexica -- chapter 5. The people as nursemaids of the king: Notes on monarchs as children, women's uprisings, and the return of the ancestral dead in central Madagascar -- chapter 6. The cultural politics of core-periphery relations -- chapter 7. Notes on the politics of divine kingship: Or, elements for an archaeology of sovereignty -- Bibliography -- Index.
Summary In anthropology, as much as in the current popular imagination, kings remain figures of fascination and intrigue. As the cliché goes, kings continue to die spectacular deaths only to remain subjects of vitality and long life. This collection of essays by a teacher and his student -- two of the world's most distinguished anthropologists-- explores what kingship actually is, historically and anthropologically. The divine, the stranger, the numinous, the bestial--the implications for understanding kings and their sacred office are not limited to questions of sovereignty, but issues ranging from temporality and alterity to piracy and utopia; indeed, the authors argue that kingship offers us a unique window into the fundamental dilemmas concerning the very nature of power, meaning, and the human condition. With the wit and sharp analysis characteristic of these two thinkers, this volume opens up new avenues for how an anthropological study of kingship might proceed in the 21st century.
Language notes In English.
NOTES This work is licensed by Knowledge Unlatched under a Creative Commons license
This work is licensed by Knowledge Unlatched under a Creative Commons license
This work is licensed by Knowledge Unlatched under a Creative Commons license
Other author Knowledge Unlatched issuing body.
Subject Kings and rulers.
Kings and rulers -- Children.
Kings and rulers -- Death.
Kings and rulers -- Duties.
Kings and rulers -- History.
Kings and rulers -- Religious aspects.
Monarchy -- Madagascar.
Monarchy -- Phiosophy.
Monarchy -- Sociological aspects.
Electronic books.
Electronic books.
ISBN 9780986132506 (electronic bk.)
0986132500 (electronic bk.)
9781912808144 (electronic bk.)
1912808145 (electronic bk.)
Standard Number 9780986132506