- Series: London School of Economics Monographs on Social Anthropology (Book 19)
- Paperback: 220 pages
- Publisher: Berg Publishers (February 1, 1965)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0485196190
- ISBN-13: 978-0485196191
- Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.8 x 0.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #741,605 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Political Leadership among Swat Pathans (London School of Economics Monographs on Social Anthropology)
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But it is important to note that Barth focuses more on description rather than art of writing. The description of so many interesting events and incidents are sometimes bogged down by too much 'facts' and details. On the whole, the book is a landmark in the history of social anthropology.
Unlike the prevalent anthropological tradition of the time, Barth has emphasized the consequences of individual decisions for the larger social structure of the Usufzai Pathans. He touches every aspect of the Pathan society -from family structure to the social history -while explaining the contexts in which power is excercised by the 'khans'through both coercion and consensus.
Barth has focused more on description which eliminates possible humor one would expect on such kind of writing. The description of so many interesting events and incidents are sometimes bogged down by too much 'information'. On the whole, the book is a landmark in the history of social anthropology, and deserves the minds and shelves of those who are interested in the discipline of anthropology and/or political science.