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By A. David Napier

In Making issues greater, A. David Napier demonstrates how anthropological description of non-Western trade practices and ideology could be a tonic for modern financial structures within which our impersonal dating to ''things'' transforms the animate parts of social lifestyles into inanimate units of commodities. the sort of basic transformation, Napier indicates, makes us automatons in globally built-in social circuits that generate a forged of a winners and losers engaged in antagonistic festival for wealth and tool. Our impersonal family members to ''things''--and to humans as well--are so ingrained in our being, we take them with no consideration as we sleepwalk via regimen lifestyles. just like the surrealist artists of the Twenties who, via their artwork, poetry, movies, and images, fought a valiant conflict opposed to mind-numbing conformity, Napier presents workouts and practica designed to surprise the reader from their wide awake sleep. those reveal powerfully the definitely integrative social results of extra socially entangled, non-Western orientations to ''things'' and to ''people.'' His arguments even have implications for the rights and felony prestige of indigenous peoples, that are drawn out through the book.

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