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Immediate StrugglesPeople, Power, and Place in Rural Spain$
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Susana Narotzky and Gavin Smith

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780520245686

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520245686.001.0001

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The Power of Ethnography

The Power of Ethnography

(p.203) Chapter 9: The Power of Ethnography
Immediate Struggles

Susana Narotzky

Gavin Smith

University of California Press

This chapter revisits the images of society and the economy that are hegemonic in the European Union today. In doing so it not only interrogates the now vast literature of regional economies and regional development, but also explores the way institutional structures arising under neoliberal regimes have affected the intellectual production of these particular images of today's social world. It is argued that, as a result of alliance between technocrats and academics, a new kind of corporatist state has come to be advocated, one in which regional economies play a crucial role. The argument stretches further that the materiality of a place, as well as the actuality of physical movement, cannot be neatly separated from the endowing of the concrete landscape with sentiments of locality or from metaphorical uses of movement and stasis. Finally, the chapter inquires into the multifarious instituted practices of social regulation in a given era, which, taken together, give form to the state.

Keywords:   power of ethnography, European Union, institutional structures, neoliberal regimes, corporatist state

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