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Subethnic divisions are crucial to understanding how group solidarities and power relations coexist and where they intersect. But, in a second challenge to current thinking, Schatz argues that clan politics should not be understood simply as competition among primordial groups. Rather, the meanings attributed to clan relationshipsboth the public stigmas and the publicly proclaimed pride in clansare part and parcel of this contest.
Drawing parallels with relevant cases from the Middle East, East and North Africa, and other parts of the former USSR, Schatz concludes that a more appropriate policy may be achieved by making clans a legitimate part of political and social life, rendering them less powerful or corrupt by increasing their transparency.
Political scientists, sociologists, anthropologists, policy makers, and others who study state power and identity groups will find a wealth of empirical material and conceptual innovation for discussion and debate.
Edward Schatz is assistant professor of political science at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. He has been a visiting fellow at the Davis Center for Russian Studies at Harvard University and at the Kellog Institute for International Affairs at the University of Notre Dame.
|Introduction : modern clan politics|
|Pt. 1||The reproduction of clans|
|1||Kinship and modernity||3|
|2||Nomads, diffuse authority, and Sovietization||21|
|3||Two faces of Soviet power||46|
|4||Continuity and change after the Soviet collapse||72|
|Pt. 2||The political dynamic of informal ties|
|Pt. 3||Managing clans|
|7||A vicious cycle? : kinship and political change||139|
|Conclusions : kinship and "normal" politics||163|