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Shadow Elite:How the World’s New Power Brokers Undermine Democracy, Government, and the Free Market

Birtchnell, Thomas (2011) Shadow Elite:How the World’s New Power Brokers Undermine Democracy, Government, and the Free Market. Contemporary Sociology, 40 (3). pp. 103-104. ISSN 0094-3061

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Abstract

Two distinct audiences will find much reward in reading Janine R. Wedel’s Shadow Elite. First, those concerned with the extant focus of the book: U.S. political-economic issues and public policy—albeit in a global context—and the trajectories of America’s neoconservatives. It is a vital area of inquiry and one that has considerable commercial appeal in light of the current power shift that has taken place in the United States; a power shift that allows a more objective, retrospective appraisal of the rise of the neoconservatives. Wedel’s central thesis, that the cultures of the Cold War impacted greatly on neoconservatism, surely deserves a critical appraisal. However, a second, perhaps more shadowy audience will be interested in Shadow Elite as a work of anthropology and as an example of the cutting edge of the discipline. The book sits alongside other recent work on neoliberalism and cultural critique by authors such as Aihwa Ong. This review will discuss what the book has to offer as an approach to anthropology in new contexts and areas.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Contemporary Sociology
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Sociology
ID Code: 53066
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 09 Mar 2012 02:40
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 09 Apr 2014 22:38
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/53066

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