Shadow Elite: How the World’s New Power Brokers Undermine Democracy, Government, and the Free Market, by Janine R. Wedel

Journal Article


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.

Publication Date


  • 2012

Citation


  • Birtchnell, T. 2012, ''Shadow Elite: How the World’s New Power Brokers Undermine Democracy, Government, and the Free Market, by Janine R. Wedel'', Contemporary Sociology: a journal of reviews, vol. 40, no. 1, pp. 103-104.

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  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/artspapers/1583

Number Of Pages


  • 1

Start Page


  • 103

End Page


  • 104

Volume


  • 40

Issue


  • 1

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.

Publication Date


  • 2012

Citation


  • Birtchnell, T. 2012, ''Shadow Elite: How the World’s New Power Brokers Undermine Democracy, Government, and the Free Market, by Janine R. Wedel'', Contemporary Sociology: a journal of reviews, vol. 40, no. 1, pp. 103-104.

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/artspapers/1583

Number Of Pages


  • 1

Start Page


  • 103

End Page


  • 104

Volume


  • 40

Issue


  • 1