Anthropology in the Margins of the State

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Veena Das, Deborah Poole
School of American Research Press, 2004 - Marginality, Social - 330 pages
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The form and reach of the modern state are changing radically under the pressure of globalization. This innovative exploration of these transformations develops an ethnographic methodology and theoretical apparatus to assess perceptions of power in three regions where state reform and violence have been particularly dramatic: Africa, Latin America, and South Asia. Understanding how people perceive and experience the agency of the state; who is of, and not of, the state; and how practices at the margins shape the state itself are central themes.

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Poole is Associate Professor of Anthropology at the Graduate Faculty of the New School for Social Research in New York.

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