revitalization movements

carter pate (CPATE@UTCVM.UTC.EDU)
Thu, 11 Jan 1996 11:34:04 EST

Wallace outmoded? Perhaps insome rarified atmospheres pof highest scholarship!
I, for one am waiting for the outmoders to produce a model as helpful for my
(sociology ) class fon collective behavior. Sure, I use others such as Eric
Wolf on Peasant Wars, for contrast and correction. But Wallace is so much
better than popular culture and most journalism! What more up-moded source do
you suggest? Yes, I will be glad to examine it.

Barkow suggests:

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A.F.C. Wallace's revitalization stuff first appeared around 40 years
ago and is definitely out-of-fashion. As far as I can tell, the kinds
of phenomena with which he was concerned today are discussed under the
rubric of "identity," the "politics of identity" in particular. A
union or synthesis of the Wallace framework and more recent approaches
is needed. One of my M.A. students did a rather preliminary synthesis,
last year, and it seemed to work OK but the material has not been
published. I find the Wallace framework quite powerful and lament that
the identity stuff seems to start from scratch rather than building on
his work.

Jerry Barkow