The Sorcerer's Apprentice

The Sorcerer's Apprentice

An Anthropology of Public Policy

1st Edition - January 1, 1976

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  • Editor: Cyril S. Belshaw
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483138701

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The Sorcerer's Apprentice: An Anthropology of Public Policy sees the community in a global and national view, raises a statement saying that society itself is policy making, and asks what societies can achieve if they did things differently. The book is divided into five parts. Part I: Policy and Anthropology discusses the challenge of policy and explains how anthropology is a social science. Part II: Analysis of World Society covers the analysis and policy of the village universe; the urban contribution; elements of the nation state; international connections, and the ""supra-nation"". Part III: Movement in the Social System includes the innovation and genesis of ideas; resources and their management; change, conflict, and resistance. Part IV: Styles of Action discusses the process of technical assistance; politics and conflict; the relationship between the politician and the social scientist; the mastery of judgment; and the organization of social sciences. Part V: Values and Options talks about the values choice, and the problems of science. The text is recommended for sociologists, anthropologists, and politicians, especially those who would like to know the importance of the social studies, its relation to society and politics, and the global community.

Table of Contents

  • The Author



    Part I Policy and Anthropology

    1 The Challenge of Policy

    2 Anthropology as Social Science

    Part II A Structure of World Society

    Prologue to Part II

    3 Analysis of the Village Universe

    4 Policy in the Village Universe

    5 The Village Extended

    6 The Urban Contribution

    7 Elements of the Nation-State

    8 International Connections

    9 Supra-nation

    Part III Movement in the Social System

    Prologue to Part III

    10 Innovation and the Genesis of Ideas

    11 Resources and Their Management

    12 Of Change, Conflict, and Resistance

    Part IV Styles of Action

    Prologue to Part IV

    13 The Process of Technical Assistance

    14 Working Close to the Community

    15 Of Politics and Conflict

    16 Politician as Sorcerer; Social Scientist as Apprentice

    17 On the Mastery of Judgment

    18 The Social Sciences Organized

    Part V Values and Options

    19 Values, Choice, and the Problem of Science


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  • No. of pages: 358
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Pergamon 1976
  • Published: January 1, 1976
  • Imprint: Pergamon
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483138701

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Cyril S. Belshaw

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