The classical sociological literature on Amhara hierarchy describes a society based on open relations of domination and an obsession with top-down power. This article asks how these accounts can be reconciled with the strong ethics of love and care that ground daily life in Amhara. We argue that love and care, like power, are understood in broadly asymmetrical terms rather than as egalitarian forms of relationship. As such, they play into wider discourses of hierarchy, but also serve to blur the distinction between legitimate authority and illegitimate power.
|Number of pages||18|
|Journal||Social Analysis: The International Journal of Social and Cultural Practice|
|Early online date||1 Dec 2016|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Dec 2016|
- Ethiopian Orthodox Christianity
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