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States of Imagination

Ethnographic Explorations of the Postcolonial State

Hansen Thomas Blom, Finn Stepputat

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Duke University Press


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States of Imagination: Ethnographic Explorations of the Postcolonial State

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States of Imagination: Ethnographic Explorations of the Postcolonial State

States of Imagination  

Sponsored by the International Institute at the University of Michigan and published by Duke University Press, this series is centered around cultural and historical studies of power, politics, and the state -- a field that crosscuts the disciplines of history, sociology, anthropology, political science, and cultural studies. The focus on the relationship between state and culture refers both to a methodological approach -- the study of politics and the state using culturalist methods -- and a substantive one that treats signifying practices as an essential dimension of politics. The dialectic of politics, culture, and history will figure prominently in all of the books selected for the series.

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 persistentmyth 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.


Recensione in altra lingua (English):

Il capitolo "Public Secrets, Conscious Amnesia, and the Celebrations of Autonomy for Ladakh" curato da Martijn van Beek, Ŕ ovviamente dedicato al ladakh contemporaneo.