Sidney W. Mintz Lecture for 1995: Controlling Processes Tracing the Dynamic Components of Power

  title={Sidney W. Mintz Lecture for 1995: Controlling Processes Tracing the Dynamic Components of Power},
  author={Laura Nader},
  journal={Current Anthropology},
  pages={711 - 738}
  • L. Nader
  • Published 1 December 1997
  • Sociology
  • Current Anthropology
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 work by emphasizing an idealized version of science. The… 

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