Vertical love: forms of submission and top-down power in Orthodox Ethiopia

Malara, D. and Boylston, T. (2016) Vertical love: forms of submission and top-down power in Orthodox Ethiopia. Social Analysis, 60(4), pp. 40-57. (doi:10.3167/sa.2016.600403)

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Abstract

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.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Malara, Dr Diego Maria
Authors: Malara, D., and Boylston, T.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences
Journal Name:Social Analysis
Publisher:Berghahn Journals
ISSN:0155-977X
ISSN (Online):1558-5727

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