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Rule and Rupture: State Formation Through the Production of Property and Citizenship

Christian Lund (Editor), Michael Eilenberg (Editor)
ISBN: 978-1-119-38473-1
280 pages
July 2017, Wiley-Blackwell
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Rule and Rupture - State Formation Through the Production of Property and Citizenship examines the ways in which political authority is defined and created by the rights of community membership and access to resources.

  • Combines the latest theory on property rights and citizenship with extensive fieldwork to provide a more complex, nuanced assessment of political states commonly viewed as  “weak,” “fragile,” and “failed”
  • Contains ten case studies taken from post-colonial settings around the world, including Cambodia, Nepal, Indonesia, Afghanistan, Rwanda, Somalia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Colombia, and Bolivia
  • Characterizes the results of societal ruptures into three types of outcomes for political power: reconstituted and consolidated, challenged, and fragmented
  • Brings together exciting insights from a global group of scholars in the fields of political science, development studies, and geography
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Table of Contents

Notes on Contributors vii

1 Rule and Rupture: State Formation through the Production of Property and Citizenship 1
Christian Lund

2 Repatriation, Refoulement, Repair 31
Erin Collins

3 The Exemplary Citizen on the Exemplary Hill: The Production of Political Subjects in Contemporary Rural Rwanda 49
An Ansoms and Giuseppe D. Cioffo

4 Making Territory:War, Post-war and the Entangled Scales of Contested Forest Governance in Mid-Western Nepal 71
Sarah Byrne, Andrea J. Nightingale and Benedikt Korf

5 Violence Entrepreneurs, Law and Authority in Colombia 95
Jacobo Grajales

6 Occupied! Property, Citizenship and Peasant Movements in Rural Java 117
Christian Lund and Noer Fauzi Rachman

7 A State of Fragmentation: Enacting Sovereignty and Citizenship at the Edge of the Indonesian State 139
Michael Eilenberg

8 The Construction of the ‘Self’ in Conflicts around Land in Contemporary Tarabuco (Bolivia) 163
Veronica Calvo

9 The Rupture of Territoriality and the Diminishing Relevance of Cross-cutting Ties in Somalia after 1990 181
Markus Virgil Hoehne

10 Legal Rule and Tribal Politics: The US Army and the Taliban in Afghanistan (2001–13) 213
Adam Baczko

11 Taxation, Stateness and Armed Groups: Public Authority and Resource Extraction in Eastern Congo 235
Kasper Hoffmann, Koen Vlassenroot and Gauthier Marchais

Index 257

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Author Information

Christian Lund is Professor in the Department of Food and Resource Economics at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark. He is the author of Law, Power and Politics in Niger: Land Struggles and the Rural Code (1998) and Local Politics and the Dynamics of Property in Africa (2008). He is currently working on a book entitled Nine-Tenths of the Law: On Legitimation, Legalisation and Land Struggles in Indonesia.

Michael Eilenberg is Associate Professor of Anthropology at Aarhus University, Denmark. He is the author of At the Edges of States (2012), which deals with the dynamics of state formation and resource struggle in the Indonesian borderlands. His recent articles have appeared in Asia Pacific Viewpoint, Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power, Journal of Borderland Studies, Journal of Peasant Studies, and Modern Asian Studies.

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’Rule and Rupture begins with a striking and original point of departure: the realization that the disposition of property and of the rights of membership in the political community are what constitute public authority. The volume fully realizes its promise in the subtle analysis of both failure and success in case studies. Henceforth I will insist that students read Lund and Eilenberg’s path-breaking book on state-formation in conjunction with the classical text of Max Weber.’
James C. Scott, Sterling Professor of Political Science, Yale University, USA 

‘Rule and Rupture provides a fresh and powerful empirical analytic of State formation. By focusing on the dialects of recognition that create both authorities and rights holders, the volume shows us how society is constituted through multiple social contracts. The book offers a truly new and exciting approach to the material study of society and social change.’
Jesse Ribot, Professor of Geography, University of Illinois, USA

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