Anthropology in the Margins of the State

Anthropology in the Margins of the State

by Veena Das, Talal Asad, Adam Ashforth, Lawrence Cohen
     
 

ISBN-10: 1930618409

ISBN-13: 9781930618404

Pub. Date: 05/01/2004

Publisher: School for Advanced Research Press

"Featuring ten of the leading scholars in the field, this 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. Rather than a geographic border, the term "margin" describes…  See more details below

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"Featuring ten of the leading scholars in the field, this 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. Rather than a geographic border, the term "margin" describes areas far from the centers of state sovereignty in which states are unable to ensure implementation of their programs and policies. 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." Drawing on fieldwork in Sierra Leone, Sri Lanka, Peru, Guatemala, India Chad, Colombia, and South Africa, the contributors examine official documentary practices and their forms and falsifications: the problems that highly mobile mercenaries, currency, goods, arms, and diamonds pose to the suite; emerging non-state regulatory authorities, and the role language plays as cultures struggle to articulate their situation. These case studies provide wide-ranging analyses of the relationships between states and peoples on the edges of state power's effective reign.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781930618404
Publisher:
School for Advanced Research Press
Publication date:
05/01/2004
Series:
School for Advanced Research Advanced Seminar Series
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.20(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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