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The Dialectics Of Secret Society Power In States



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The Dialectics Of Secret Society Power In States by Stanton K. Tefft
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Unlike earlier studies of secret organisations that present largely descriptive accounts of secret society organisations and rituals, this book portrays the development of secret societies as responses to conflicts generated by structural contradictions inherent to particular state systems. By employing a dialectical framework in the analysis of secret society - state power relations, the author clearly delineates the political processes under which secret societies arose and the impact that such secret organisations have had on state power structures. This book explores a fascinating problem neglected by social science for many years, the political role of secret societies in state systems. It offers a comparative study of secret society activity in five state systems, both in the historical period and in the present day, in Liberia, the Ottoman Empire, eighteenth-and nineteenth-century China, early and modern Malaysia, and present-day South Africa.
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May 1st, 1992
Country of Publication
United States
Prometheus Books
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