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By A. David Napier

In Making issues higher, A. David Napier demonstrates how anthropological description of non-Western alternate practices and ideology could be a tonic for modern monetary platforms during which our impersonal dating to ''things'' transforms the animate parts of social existence into inanimate units of commodities. this sort of basic transformation, Napier indicates, makes us automatons in globally built-in social circuits that generate a solid of a winners and losers engaged in opposed pageant for wealth and tool. Our impersonal kin to ''things''--and to humans as well--are so ingrained in our being, we take them without any consideration as we sleepwalk via regimen existence. just like the surrealist artists of the Twenties who, via their artwork, poetry, motion pictures, and images, fought a valiant conflict opposed to mind-numbing conformity, Napier presents routines and practica designed to surprise the reader from their unsleeping sleep. those exhibit powerfully the absolutely 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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