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The Anthropology of the State: A Reader

The Anthropology of the State: A Reader

Aradhana Sharma (Editor), Akhil Gupta (Editor)

ISBN: 978-1-405-11467-7

Jan 2006, Wiley-Blackwell

424 pages

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$150.95

Description

This innovative reader brings together classic theoretical texts and cutting-edge ethnographic analyses of specific state institutions, practices, and processes and outlines an anthropological framework for rethinking future study of “the state”.

  • Focuses on the institutions, spaces, ideas, practices, and representations that constitute the “state”.

  • Promotes cultural and transnational approaches to the subject.

  • Helps readers to make anthropological sense of the state as a cultural artifact, in the context of a neoliberalizing, transnational world.
Acknowledgements.

Organization of the Book.

Introduction: Rethinking Theories of the State in an Age of Globalization.

Part I: Theoretical Maps: The “Classics”.

Section Introduction.

1. Ideology and Ideological State Apparatuses (Notes Towards an Investigation): Louis Althusser.

2. Selections from the Prison Notebooks: Antonio Gramsci.

3. Bureaucracy: Max Weber.

4. Notes on the Difficulty of Studying the State: Philip Abrams.

5. Governmentality: Michel Foucault.

6. Governing “Advanced” Liberal Democracies: Nikolas Rose.

Part II: Ethnographic Mappings.

Section I: Bureaucracy/Governmentality.

7. Finding the Man in the State: Wendy Brown.

8. Society, Economy, and the State Effect: Timothy Mitchell.

9. Blurred Boundaries: The Discourse of Corruption, the Culture of Politics, and the Imagined State: Akhil Gupta.

Section II: Development/Planning.

10. Cities, People, and Language: James Scott.

11. The Anti-Politics Machine: Jim Ferguson.

Section III: Welfare/Warfare/Law/Citizenship.

12. The Public/Private Mirage: Mapping Homes and Undomesticating Violence Work in the South Asian Immigrant Community: Ananya Bhattarcharjee.

13. Cultural Logics of Belonging and Movement: Transnationalism, Naturalization, and U.S. Immigration Politics: Susan Bibler Coutin.

14. Making War at Home in the United States: Militarization and the Current Crisis: Catherine Lutz.

Section IV: Popular Culture.

15. Popular Culture and the State: Stuart Hall.

16. The Banality of Power and the Aesthetics of Vulgarity in the Postcolony: Achille Mbembe.

Index

"[Sharma and Gupta] have compiled a timely, useful and dense collection of classical and more recent texts that cover the field, as I know it, pretty well." (Critique of Anthropology, 2009)

"The volume presents an innovative and greatly needed introduction to an interdisciplinary research programme between anthropology and political science." (Discourse & Society, February 2008)

"[This) volume's refreshing theoretical approach and range of empirical examples should make it a valuable teaching and reference book for all those concerned with the challenging questions posed by the state." (Political Studies Review)


  • Combines classic theoretical texts with cutting edge anthropological works.

  • Focuses on the institutions, spaces, ideas, practices, and representations that constitute the “state”.

  • Promotes cultural and transnational approaches to the subject.

  • Helps readers to make anthropological sense of the state as a cultural artifact, in the context of a neoliberalizing, transnational world.