Crisis of the State: War and Social Upheaval

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Bruce Kapferer, Bjørn Enge Bertelsen
Berghahn Books, Apr 30, 2009 - Social Science - 338 pages
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Analyzing both historical contexts and geographical locations, this volume explores the continuous reformation of state power and its potential in situations of violent conflict. The state, otherwise understood as an abstract and transcendent concept in many works on globalization in political philosophy, is instead located and analyzed here as an embedded part of lived reality. This relationship to the state is exposed as an integral factor to the formation of the social – whether in Africa, the Middle East, South America or the United States. Through the examination of these particular empirical settings of war or war-like situations, the book further argues for the continued importance of the state in shifting social and political circumstances. In doing so, the authors provide a critical contribution to debates within a broad spectrum of fields that are concerned with the future of the state, the nature of sovereignty, and globalization.

 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Section ITransformations of Sovereignty Empire State
27
Chapter 1The MilitaryInductrial Complex and the Crisis of US Capital
29
Chapter 2PostSoviet Formation of the Russian State and the Was in Chechnya
53
Chapter 3Market Forces Political Violence and War
83
Section IIWar Zone
95
Chapter 4Rebel Ravages in Bundibugyo Ugandas Forgotten District
97
Chapter 5Fear of the Midnight Knock
124
Chapter 7The Sovereign as Savage
163
Chapter 8The Paramilitary Function of Transparency
187
Chapter 9Sorcery and Death Squads
210
Chapter 10Collective Violence and CounterState Building
241
Chapter 11Malignant Organisms
265
Chapter 12Israels Wall and the Logic of Encystation
292
Contributors
305
Index
309

Chapter 6The Shepherds Staff and the AK47
143
Section IIISovereign Logics
161

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Bruce Kapferer is Professor of Anthropology at the University of Bergen. He has held academic positions in Zambia, Manchester, Adelaide, London and Queensland and carried out extensive fieldwork in Zambia, Sri Lanka, India, Australia and South Africa. His major publications include The Feast of the Sorcerer (University of Chicago Press) and Legends of People, Myths of State (Smithsonian Institution Press).

Bjørn Enge Bertelsen is a Postdoctoral Fellow at Bergen University. His fieldwork focuses on Mozambique, on violence, war, history, sovereignty and the postcolonial state. His publications include "'It Will Rain until We Are in Power': Floods, Elections and Memory in Mozambique" in Rights and the Politics of Recognition in Africa (Zed Books).

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