224 neutral context than western women often do, they speculate: "having women serve in assemblies [through the reserved-seats system]... might have served a function analogous to the one performed by the women's movement in the West of legitimizing and stimulating women's assumption of new social and political roles" (pp. 189-90). That we have had some important questions raised, explored, and answered, but have been left wanting to carry the argument further, makes this an excellent study not only for the professional, but for students of political science, women's studies, and social science methods. Department of Anthropology Central Michigan University Mount Pleasant, Michigan, USA HILL GATES BOOK REVIEWS Ralf Dahrendorf, The Modern Social Conflict: An Essay on the Politics of Liberty. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1988 (paperback, 1990), pp. 237, $10.95 (paper). Ralf Dahrendorf is Warden of St. Anthony's College in Oxford. Born in 1929, he studied philosophy and classics at the University of Hamburg and did post- graduate work at the LSE where he became Director. As is indicated by the subtitle of this book, he is a determined and concerned-but critical-liberal. His concern and criticism are not, however, directed against modernity, for which he has great
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