Experiencing the State

Experiencing the State

by Lloyd I. Rudolph
     
 

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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

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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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"In this enterprising volume Rudolph and Jacobsen assemble a galaxy of South Asian, European and American stars who illuminatingly analyze the varieties of subjective experience of the state. Many toes are stepped on and a few sacred cows are gored in amusing and consequential ways in the course of reexamining the state as the central organizing concept in political science"—Brendan O'Leary, Lauder Professor of Political Science, Director, Solomon Asch Center for the Study of Ethnopolitical Conflict, University of Pennsylvania

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780198063544
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
03/21/2010
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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