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    ... From: Subhash Durlabhji [mailto:durlabhji@NSULA.EDU] Sent: Wednesday, August 29, 2001 10:01 AM To: ANTHRO-L@LISTSERV.ACSU.BUFFALO.EDU Subject: [ANTHRO-L]
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      FW: [ANTHRO-L] book project invitation

      -----Original Message-----
      From: Subhash Durlabhji [mailto:durlabhji@...]
      Sent: Wednesday, August 29, 2001 10:01 AM
      To: ANTHRO-L@...
      Subject: [ANTHRO-L] book project invitation


      Hello friends:

      (Please excuse duplicate posts)

      Would you like to be involved in an interesting book project that could
      be path-breaking and revolutionary? Would you (or interested colleague)
      be willing to write an essay on the role the concept of POWER plays in
      your field?

      For centuries the physical and social sciences have followed the course
      of differentiation into finer and finer specializations. This division
      of labor has been phenomenally successful, producing startling insights
      and breathtaking scientific and social achievements.

      But many scholars believe that we are now in a new phase of knowledge
      generation, that this is the century of integration. Interesting
      parallels and crossover problems and issues are being discovered daily
      by scientists in different fields. Boundaries between various
      disciplines are become fuzzier. Scientific progress in the 21st century
      will come more, and more usefully, from interactions among the separate
      disciplines than from deeper penetration into narrow specializations.

      The scholarly effort I am suggesting here is based on this premise.
      There are a number of concepts -- power, value, hierarchy, energy, to
      name a few -- that occupy a central place in almost all the physical
      and social sciences. My proposal is simple: bring together in one volume
      essays on the subject of POWER by scientists from a range of disciplines
      -- Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Psychology, Sociology,
      Political Science, Economics, Organization Studies, Anthropology,
      International Studies. These essays will focus on the role the concept
      of POWER plays in the central problems of each discipline. Written in
      simple language with as little technical detail as possible, they would
      seek to highlight especially the connections and commonalties among the
      basic sciences. The essays will not be concerned with the latest
      research and recent citations, but more with the "big picture".  My role
      as editor will be to write the introduction and an integrative
      narrative, and a concluding chapter, and arrange for publication.

      If you find this idea interesting and would like to explore it in more
      depth, please contact me for a more detailed proposal, including some
      suggestions for style, substance, length, and so on. Please comment on
      the outline of the proposal given above and your own take on it -- how
      you would approach the task.

      Please join me on this venture, or pass on this message to a colleague
      who may be interested. At the least it will be fun; my hope is that it
      will be a runaway success and open the path to similar efforts for other
      concepts.

      Thank you.

      durlabhji@...

      Dr. Subhash Durlabhji
      College of Business
      Northwestern State University
      Natchitoches, LA 71497

      318-357-5692
      Fax:   509-272-2692

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