Experiencing the State

Overview

This volume on the state departs markedly from a conventional analysis that universalizes and standardizes what the state is, does, and means. The authors engage state and stateness as it is encountered in everyday life, ranging from urban and village life to big dams, war, torture, hospital treatment, cinema attendance, and art exhibitions. The essays locate the state in time, space, and circumstances so that its meaning becomes contingent and evocative rather than definitive and authoritative. This volume will ...
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Overview

This volume on the state departs markedly from a conventional analysis that universalizes and standardizes what the state is, does, and means. The authors engage state and stateness as it is encountered in everyday life, ranging from urban and village life to big dams, war, torture, hospital treatment, cinema attendance, and art exhibitions. The essays locate the state in time, space, and circumstances so that its meaning becomes contingent and evocative rather than definitive and authoritative. This volume will be useful to students and scholars of politics, sociology, philosophy, history, law, and the environment as well as to lay readers concerned about the consquences and future of the modern state.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198063544
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 3/21/2010
  • Pages: 412
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

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, Lloyd I. Rudolph and John Kurt Jacobsen
Part One: Experiencing High Modernist States in America, India, and the Soviet Union
1. High Modernist Social Engineering: The Case of the Tennessee Valley Authority, James C. Scott
2. The Cost of Living: The Narmada Dam and the Indian State, Arundhati Roy
3. Understanding the Collapse of the Soviet Union, Hyung-Min-Joo
4. How Political Scientists Experienced India's Development State, Paul R. Brass
Part Two: Experiencing the State from Below in Village India and Germany and Urban Karachi
5. Experiencing Reunification: An East German Village after the Fall of the Wall, Helmuth Berking
6. The Dynamics of Bureaucratic Rule in Pakistan: A Personal View, Tasneem Ahmed Siddiqui
7. Face to Face with the Indian State: A Grass Roots View, Philip Oldenburg
Experiencing the State from Outside: Psychiatry, Film, and Art
8. Experiencing Care: Psychotherapy and NHS Mental Health Reform in Britain, Nicholas Temple
9. In Cahoots? Cinema, Cynicism, and Citizenship, John Kurt Jacobsen
10. Forest of Logos: Empire of Signs, Patricia Bickers
11. Gandhi's Trial and India's Colonial State, Sudipta Kaviraj
12. Experiencing Repressive States in America and the Koreas (Bruce Cumings); Conclusion - Sovereignty Unbound: Experiencing the State after 9/11, Lloyd I. Rudolph and John Kurt Jacobsen
Notes on Contributors

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