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On Resisting Resistance

Michael F. Brown
American Anthropologist
New Series, Vol. 98, No. 4 (Dec., 1996), pp. 729-735
Published by: Wiley on behalf of the American Anthropological Association
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/681880
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Abstract

The concept of resistance has become one of anthropology's dominant theoretical preoccupations - so influential, in fact, that it threatens to overshadow other aspects of social life, to the detriment of our understanding of cultural complexity and creativity. Through a brief examination of two ethnographic cases from radically different social worlds, this essay assesses the perils of cultural accounts centered on resistance in particular and on "the problem of power" in general.

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