Experiencing the State

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This collection of essays by 13 well-known contributors departs from a conventional analysis of the state that universalizes and standardizes what the state is, does, and means. The contributors engage state and stateness as it is encountered in everyday life, ranging from village and urban life to big dams, war, torture, hospital treatment, cinema attendance, and art exhibitions. The essays locate the state in time, space, and circumstance so that it is contingent and ...
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This collection of essays by 13 well-known contributors departs from a conventional analysis of the state that universalizes and standardizes what the state is, does, and means. The contributors engage state and stateness as it is encountered in everyday life, ranging from village and urban life to big dams, war, torture, hospital treatment, cinema attendance, and art exhibitions. The essays locate the state in time, space, and circumstance so that it is contingent and evocative rather than definitive and authoritative.

Experiencing the State discusses formative discourses on the state, what we may think or say about the state, and what images are evoked by its various manifestations through social and cultural forms. This volume begins with a non-essentialist perspective on state formation, and concludes with an account of how the state is experienced in the post-9/11 world scenario, in India and South Asia, the US, Europe, including the former Soviet Union, and the Far East.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780195672435
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 12/31/2005
  • Pages: 412
  • Product dimensions: 8.90 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 1.40 (d)

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Lloyd I. Rudolph is Professor Emeritus of Political Science at the University of Chicago.

John Kurt Jacobsen is Research Associate in the Program on International Politics, Economics and Security at the University of Chicago.

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Table of Contents

Introduction : framing the inquiry : historicizing the modern state
1 High modernist social engineering : the case of the Tennessee Valley Authority 3
2 The cost of living : the Narmada Dam and the Indian state 53
3 Understanding the collapse of the Soviet Union 73
4 How political scientists experienced India's development state 110
5 Experiencing reunification : an East German village after the fall of the Wall 143
6 The dynamics of bureaucratic rule in Pakistan : a personal view 165
7 Face to face with the Indian state : a grass roots view 184
8 Experiencing care : psychotherapy and NHS mental health reform in Britain 215
9 In cahoots? : cinema, cynicism, and citizenship 236
10 Forest of logos : empire of signs 267
11 Gandhi's trial and India's colonial state 293
12 Experiencing repressive states in America and the Koreas 309
Conclusion : sovereignty unbound : experiencing the state after 9/11 343
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