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Ethnographic and Theoretical Insights

  • Italo Pardo
  • Giuliana B. Prato

Part of the Palgrave Studies in Urban Anthropology book series (PSUA)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Back Matter
    Pages 329-338

About this book


Global in scope, this original and thought-provoking collection applies new theory on legitimacy and legitimation to urban life. An informed reflection on this comparatively new topic in anthropology in relation to morality, action, law, politics and governance is both timely and innovative, especially as worldwide discontent among ordinary people grows. The ethnographically-based analyses offered here range from banking to neighbourhoods, from poverty to political action at the grassroots. They recognize the growing gap between the rulers and the ruled with particular attention to the morality of what is right as opposed to what is legal. This book is a unique contribution to social theory, fostering discussion across the many boundaries of anthropological and sociological studies.


legitimacy legitimation urban anthropology morality ethics public policy governance power and authority responsibility

Editors and affiliations

  • Italo Pardo
    • 1
  • Giuliana B. Prato
    • 2
  1. 1.School of Anthropology and ConservationUniversity of KentCanterburyUK
  2. 2.School of Anthropology and ConservationUniversity of KentCanterburyUK

About the editors

Italo Pardo is Honorary Professor of Social Anthropology at the University of Kent, UK, and founding President of the International Urban Symposium-IUS. He founded and co-edits Urbanities: Journal of Urban Ethnography. In the 1990s he pioneered the study of Legitimacy in Anthropology. 
Giuliana B. Prato is Honorary Senior Research Fellow in Social Anthropology at the University of Kent, UK, and co-founder and Secretary-Treasurer of the IUS. She Chairs the IUAES Commission on Urban Anthropology. Recently, she edited The Palgrave Handbook of Urban Ethnography with Italo Pardo.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Legitimacy
  • Book Subtitle Ethnographic and Theoretical Insights
  • Editors Italo Pardo
    Giuliana B. Prato
  • Series Title Palgrave Studies in Urban Anthropology
  • Series Abbreviated Title Palgrave Studies in Urban Anthropology
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2019
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-96237-5
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-030-07162-2
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-96238-2
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XV, 338
  • Number of Illustrations 1 b/w illustrations, 5 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Ethnography
    Social Anthropology
    Governance and Government
    Political Sociology
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