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States of Imagination : Ethnographic Explorations of the Postcolonial State

States of Imagination : Ethnographic Explorations of the Postcolonial State - 02 edition

ISBN13: 978-0822327981

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ISBN13: 978-0822327981
ISBN10: 0822327988
Edition: 02
Copyright: 2002
Publisher: Duke University Press
Published: 2002
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States of Imagination : Ethnographic Explorations of the Postcolonial State - 02 edition

ISBN13: 978-0822327981

Thomas Blom Hansen

ISBN13: 978-0822327981
ISBN10: 0822327988
Edition: 02
Copyright: 2002
Publisher: Duke University Press
Published: 2002
International: No
Summary

The state has recently been rediscovered as an object of inquiry by a broad range of scholars. Reflecting the new vitality of the field of political anthropology, States of Imagination draws together the best of this recent critical thinking to explore the postcolonial state. Contributors focus on a variety of locations from Guatemala, Pakistan, and Peru to India and Ecuador; they study what the state looks like to those seeing it from the vantage points of rural schools, police departments, small villages, and the inside of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

Focusing on the micropolitics of everyday state-making, the contributors examine the mythologies, paradoxes, and inconsistencies of the state through ethnographies of diverse postcolonial practices. They show how the authority of the state is constantly challenged from the local as well as the global and how growing demands to confer rights and recognition to ever more citizens, organizations, and institutions reveal a persistent myth of the state as a source of social order and an embodiment of popular sovereignty. Demonstrating the indispensable value of ethnographic work on the practices and the symbols of the state, States of Imagination showcases a range of studies and methods to provide insight into the diverse forms of the postcolonial state as an arena of both political and cultural struggle.
This collection will interest students and scholars of anthropology, cultural studies, sociology, political science, and history.

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