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Quiet days in Burgundy : a study of local politics /
Marc Abélès ; translated from the French by Annella McDermott.
imprint
Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press ; Paris : Editions de la Maison des Sciences de l'Homme, 1991.
description
xxvii, 279 p. : map ; 24 cm. --
ISBN
0521383021
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imprint
Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press ; Paris : Editions de la Maison des Sciences de l'Homme, 1991.
isbn
0521383021
catalogue key
2774133
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. [273]-279).
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Appeared in Choice on 1992-05:
Taking as his point of departure the rediscovery of the rural world in post-1968 France, Ab'el`es, an anthropologist with previous experience in Ethiopia, offers a rich portrayal of the political life of the Burgundian department of Yonne. This is a study that in many respects follows the traditional concerns of political anthropology, perhaps especially in the emphasis that Ab'el`es places on the sources of political legitimacy who is culturally eligible to fill political positions and what networks are mobilized to further the careers of notables and the recognition, so often lost sight of in the study of industrial societies, that politics has always a close and yet complex relationship to territory. The result is a work that describes politics and politicians at every level from municipal officials to government ministers. All, as the detailed histories record, are linked to local structures of power. This linkage between politicians and spatially well-demarcated areas brings into question the commonly held view of French political culture as dominated by metropolitan centralism and administrative rationality. What we have is a messier, but much more interesting, hierarchy of powers and contested political domains. In short, the French political order is better understood as polycentric rather than centralist. A useful and fresh perspective on political life in France.-O. Pi-Sunyer, University of Massachusetts at Amherst
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This ethnographic study of political life in the department of the Yonne, in the Burgundy region, explores a still richly Balzacian provincial world. The author, a French anthropologist, has extensive field experience in Ethiopia. Deploying the insights and methods of social anthropology by drawing on local history, interviews and participant observation, Abèlés describes politicians at every level, from municipal officers to Members of Parliament and Ministers. He provides a clear picture of the process of 'decentralization' initiated by the Socialist government in 1982, and undermines the simplistic notion of 'centralist France'.
Main Description
This ethnographic study of political life in the department of Yonne, in the Burgundy region, explores a still richly Balzacian provincial world. The author, a French anthropologist, has extensive field experience in Ethiopia. Deploying the insights and methods of social anthropology, drawing on local history, interviews, and participant observation, Abeles describes politicians at every level, from municipal officers to members of parliament and ministers. He provides a clear picture of the process of "decentralization" initiated by the socialist government in 1982, and undermines the simplistic notion of "centralist France." This book, which develops a fresh perspective on political life in France past and present illustrates more generally a new approach to modern political phenomena from the point of view of anthropology.
Main Description
This ethnographic study of political life in the department of the Yonne, in the Burgundy region, explores a still richly Balzacian provincial world. The author, a French anthropologist, has extensive field experience in Ethiopia. Deploying the insights and methods of social anthropology by drawing on local history, interviews and participant observation, Abls describes politicians at every level, from municipal officers to Members of Parliament and Ministers. He provides a clear picture of the process of 'decentralization' initiated by the Socialist government in 1982, and undermines the simplistic notion of 'centralist France'. This book, which develops a fresh perspective on political life in France, past and present, illustrates more generally an exciting approach to modern political phenomena, from the point of view of anthropology.
Main Description
This ethnographic study of political life in the department of the Yonne, in the Burgundy region, explores a still richly Balzacian provincial world. The author, a French anthropologist, has extensive field experience in Ethiopia. Deploying the insights and methods of social anthropology by drawing on local history, interviews and participant observation, Abeles describes politicians at every level, from municipal officers to Members of Parliament and Ministers. He provides a clear picture of the process of 'decentralisation' initiated by the Socialist government in 1982, and undermines the simplistic notion of 'centralist France'. This book, which develops a fresh perspective on political life in France, past and present, illustrates more generally a new approach to modern political phenomena, from the point of view of anthropology.
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This ethnographic study of political life in the department of the Yonne, in the Burgundy region, explores a still richly Balzacian provincial world. The author, a French anthropologist, has extensive field experience in Ethiopia. Drawing on local history, interviews and participant observation, Abèlés develops a fresh perspective on political life in France.
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This ethnographic study of political life in the department of the Yonne, in the Burgundy region, explores a still richly Balzacian provincial world. The author, a French anthropologist, has extensive field experience in Ethiopia. Drawing on local history, interviews and participant observation, Abls develops a fresh perspective on political life in France.
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This ethnographic study of political life in the department of the Yonne, in the Burgundy region, explores a still richly Balzacian provincial world. The author, a French anthropologist, has extensive field experience in Ethiopia. Drawing on local history, interviews and participant observation, Ab_l+s develops a fresh perspective on political life in France.
Table of Contents
Preface to the English edition
Preface to the French edition
List of abbreviations
A note on French elections
Map of the department of the Yonne
Who is eligible?
Dynasties
Ups and downs in politics
The new deal: decentralisation
Parachuting in
The communist party and real life
Deputy and mayor
Conclusion
Notes
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