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Controlling Processes - Tracing the Dynamic Components of Power

Abstract

Ideas about culture are interwoven with notions of control and the dynamics of power. To show how controlling processes work to construct and institutionalize culture, I examine three ethnographic examples of different types of control--1) moving people to see harmony rather than justice as desirable, 2) inducing women to undergo body-altering surgery under the illusion of free choice, and 3) dismissing the context of scientific by emphasizing an idealized version of science. The Sydney W. Mintz lecture for 1995

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