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Populism and its Contemporary Crisis
Edited by Bruce Kapferer and Dimitrios Theodossopoulos
100 pages, 4.25in x 7in, bibliog.
ISBN 978-1-78920-155-0 $14.95/£11.95 Pb Published (March 2019)
eISBN 978-1-78920-156-7 eBook
Does populism indicate a radical crisis in Western democratic political systems? Is it a revolt by those who feel they have too little voice in the affairs of state or are otherwise marginalized or oppressed? Or are populist movements part of the democratic process?
Bringing together different anthropological experiences of current populist movements, this volume makes a timely contribution to these questions. Contrary to more conventional interpretations of populism as crisis, the authors instead recognize populism as integral to Western democratic systems. In doing so, the volume provides an important critique that exposes the exclusionary essentialisms spread by populist rhetoric while also directing attention to local views of political accountability and historical consciousness that are key to understanding this paradox of democracy.
Bruce Kapferer is Honorary Professor University College London and Professor Emeritus, University of Bergen, where he is Director of the Egalitarianism Project supported by an ERC Advanced Grant. Has published widely on South Asia, Africa and Australia where he has done extensive anthropological fieldwork.
Dimitrios Theodossopoulos is Professor of Social Anthropology at the University of Kent. He is the author of two ethnographic monographs: Troubles with Turtles (2003), and Exoticisation Undressed (2016); and the editor of multiple collections.