The Anthropology of the State: A Reader / Edition 1by Aradhana Sharma, Akhil Gupta
Pub. Date: 01/31/2006
The Anthropology of the State introduces some of the most exciting approaches to the study of the state in a transnational world. This volume is unique in that it stresses the interplay between theory, ethnography, history, and critique. It brings together classic and contemporary theoretical examinations of the state along with cutting-edge ethnographic/i>… See more details below
The Anthropology of the State introduces some of the most exciting approaches to the study of the state in a transnational world. This volume is unique in that it stresses the interplay between theory, ethnography, history, and critique. It brings together classic and contemporary theoretical examinations of the state along with cutting-edge ethnographic analyses of specific state practices, institutions, and ideas in diverse geographical locations and historical periods. The articles in this volume are presented for students and scholars in a range of disciplines such as anthropology, sociology, political economy, and postcolonial studies.
Table of Contents
Organization of the Book.
Introduction: Rethinking Theories of the State in an Age of Globalization.
Part I: Theoretical Maps: The “Classics”.
1. Ideology and Ideological State Apparatuses (Notes Towards an Investigation): Louis Althusser.
2. Selections from the Prison Notebooks: Antonio Gramsci.
3. Bureaucracy: Max Weber.
4. Notes on the Difficulty of Studying the State: Philip Abrams.
5. Governmentality: Michel Foucault.
6. Governing “Advanced” Liberal Democracies: Nikolas Rose.
Part II: Ethnographic Mappings.
Section I: Bureaucracy/Governmentality.
7. Finding the Man in the State: Wendy Brown.
8. Society, Economy, and the State Effect: Timothy Mitchell.
9. Blurred Boundaries: The Discourse of Corruption, the Culture of Politics, and the Imagined State: Akhil Gupta.
Section II: Development/Planning.
10. Cities, People, and Language: James Scott.
11. The Anti-Politics Machine: Jim Ferguson.
Section III: Welfare/Warfare/Law/Citizenship.
12. The Public/Private Mirage: Mapping Homes and Undomesticating Violence Work in the South Asian Immigrant Community: Ananya Bhattarcharjee.
13. Cultural Logics of Belonging and Movement: Transnationalism, Naturalization, and U.S. Immigration Politics: Susan Bibler Coutin.
14. Making War at Home in the United States: Militarization and the Current Crisis: Catherine Lutz.
Section IV: Popular Culture.
15. Popular Culture and the State: Stuart Hall.
16. The Banality of Power and the Aesthetics of Vulgarity in the Postcolony: Achille Mbembe.
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