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

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Christian Lund, Michael Eilenberg
John Wiley & Sons, Jul 11, 2017 - Political Science - 280 pages

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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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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