Of the many movements that make up the contemporary anthropological scene, perhaps one of the most fruitful has been the ‘rediscovery’ of economic anthropology, largely as a result of dialogue with French neo-Marxism. The consequences of this movement have not, however, been confined to economic anthropology alone, but have extended, at least in some circles, to kinship analysis amongst the more traditional preoccupations of anthropology on the one hand, and of the opening up of new areas of inquiry on the other — including such topics as the the anthropological analysis of ideology, power, the state, colonialism and others. Somewhere between the two has come the revitalisation of topics that conventionally were felt to be somewhat peripheral to an anthropology proper — such as class analysis, social inequality and the continuing controversy over the so-called ‘Asiatic Mode of Production’.
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