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The Mental and the Material: Thought Economy and Society
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Verso Books
Publication date January 16, 2012
Pages 255
Binding Paperback
Edition Reprint
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9781844677900
ISBN-10 1844677907
Dimensions 1 by 5 by 8 in.
Weight 0.66 lbs.
Published in Great Britain
Original list price $15.95
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Amazon.com description: Product Description: What is the specificity of the human race within nature? How is its history to be explained? What impact do material realities, natural and man-made, have on human beings? What role does thought, in all its dimensions, play in the production of social relations? How are the human sciences to be advanced today? These are among the crucial questions confronted by Godelier in this key book of contemporary social theory. Its point of departure lies in a fact and a hypothesis. The fact: in contrast to other social animals, human beings do not just live in society; they produce society in order to live. The hypothesis: because they have the unique capacity to appropriate and transform nature, they produce culture and create history.

Drawing on his own extensive fieldwork and ranging over the most diverse ethnographic data, Godelier substantiates his case by attending to the analysis of both social relations of production and the production of social relations. In a sustained challenge to currently dominant schemas, he offers a series of highly original theses on the constitution, reproduction and transformation of societies, recasting the distinction between infrastructure and superstructures, illuminating the relations between economic determination and political/ideological dominance, and clarifying the character of ideology and its central role in the perpetuation of dominance and exploitation.

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With Martin Thom (other contributor) | Reprint edition from Verso Books (January 16, 2012)
9781844677900 | details & prices | 255 pages | 5.00 × 8.00 × 1.00 in. | 0.66 lbs | List price $15.95
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