Anthropology in the Margins of the State / Edition 1

Anthropology in the Margins of the State / Edition 1

by Veena Das, Victoria Sanford, Deborah Poole, Talal Asad
     
 

The form and reach of the modern state are changing radically under the pressure of globalization. This innovative exploration of these transformations develops an ethnographic methodology and theoretical apparatus to assess perceptions of power in three regions where state reform and violence have been particularly dramatic: Africa, Latin America, and South

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The form and reach of the modern state are changing radically under the pressure of globalization. This innovative exploration of these transformations develops an ethnographic methodology and theoretical apparatus to assess perceptions of power in three regions where state reform and violence have been particularly dramatic: Africa, Latin America, and South Asia. Understanding how people perceive and experience the agency of the state; who is of, and not of, the state; and how practices at the margins shape the state itself are central themes. VEENA DAS is Professor of Anthropology at the Johns Hopkins University; DEBORAH POOLE is Professor of Anthropology at the Johns Hopkins University. North America: School for Advanced Research Press

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781930618411
Publisher:
School for Advanced Research Press
Publication date:
05/01/2004
Series:
School of American Research Advanced Seminar Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
354
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
1State and its margins : comparative ethnographies3
2Between threat and guarantee : justice and community in the margins of the Peruvian state35
3Checkpoint : anthropology, identity, and the state67
4Deterritorialized citizenship and the resonances of the Sierra Leonean state81
5Anthropologist discovers legendary two-faced Indian! : margins, the state, and duplicity in postwar Guatemala117
6AIDS and witchcraft in post-apartheid South Africa141
7Operability : surgery at the margin of the state165
8Productivity in the margins : the reconstitution of state power in the Chad Basin191
9The signature of the state : the paradox of illegibility225
10Contesting displacement in Colombia : citizenship and state sovereignty at the margins253
11Where are the margins of the state?279
References289
Index321

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