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Quiet Days in Burgundy: A Study of Local Politics: 79 (Cambridge Studies in Social and Cultural Anthropology, Series Number 79)

Quiet Days in Burgundy: A Study of Local Politics: 79 (Cambridge Studies in Social and Cultural Anthropology, Series Number 79)

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Marc Abélès
Cambridge University Press, 7/26/1991
EAN 9780521383028, ISBN10: 0521383021

Hardcover, 314 pages, 22.9 x 15.2 x 1.9 cm
Language: English

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, Abélès 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.

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
1. Who is eligible?
2. Dynasties
3. Ups and downs in politics
4. The new deal
decentralisation
5. Parachuting in
6. The communist party and real life
7. Deputy and mayor
Conclusion
Notes.