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Pathways of PowerBuilding an Anthropology of the Modern World$
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Eric Wolf

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780520223332

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520223332.001.0001

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The Mills of Inequality

The Mills of Inequality

A Marxian Approach

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Pathways of Power

Eric R. Wolf

University of California Press

This chapter attempts to define the strategic relations governing the labor process under different modes of production. It envisages the anthropological task as tracing out the webs of social relations between governors and governed, or between owners of capital and purveyors of labor, as outcomes of the transactions between persons who controlled superior rights to resources, on one hand, and persons who were subject to the imperatives so established, on the other. The rationale for introducing the concept of the mode of production is presented and the chapter then attempts to portray three such modes, different ways of committing social labor to change nature and of reproducing the social relations governing that commitment in turn. Recent discussions among Marxist historians, anthropologists, and philosophies draw renewed attention to Marx's notion of the mode of production as such a central, unifying, explanatory concept.

Keywords:   anthropological task, social relations, social labor, mode of production, Marx's notion

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