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Drawing on fieldwork in Sierra Leone, Sri Lanka, Peru, Guatemala, India, Chad, Colombia, and South Africa, the contributors examine official documentary practices and their forms and falsifications; the problems that highly mobile mercenaries, currency, goods, arms, and diamonds pose to the state; emerging non-state regulatory authorities; and the role language plays as cultures struggle to articulate their situation. These case studies provide wide-ranging analyses of the relationship between states and peoples on the edges of state power's effective reign.

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  1. Cover
  2. pp. 1-5
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  1. Title Page
  2. p. 6
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  1. Copyright
  2. p. 7
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-13
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  1. 1. State and Its Margins: Comparative Ethnographies
  2. pp. 3-33
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  1. 2. Between Threat and Guarantee: Justice and Community in the Margins
  2. pp. 35-65
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  1. 3. Checkpoint: Anthropology, Identity, and the State
  2. pp. 67-80
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  1. 4. Deterritorialized Citizenship and the Resonances of the Sierra Leonean State
  2. pp. 81-115
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  1. 5. Anthropologist Discovers Legendary Two-Faced Indian!: Margins, the State, and Duplicity in Postwar Guatemala
  2. pp. 117-140
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  1. 6. AIDS as Witchcraft in Post-Apartheid South Africa
  2. pp. 141-163
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  1. 7. Operability: Surgery at the Margin of the State
  2. pp. 165-190
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  1. 8. Productivity in the Margins: The Reconstitution of State Power in the Chad Basin
  2. pp. 191-224
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  1. 9. The Signature of the State The Paradox of Illegibility
  2. pp. 225-252
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  1. 10. Contesting Displacement in Colombia: Citizenship and State Sovereignty at the Margins
  2. pp. 253-277
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  1. 11. Where Are the Margins of the State?
  2. pp. 279-288
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  1. References
  2. pp. 289-320
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 321-330
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  1. Other Works in the Series
  2. pp. 342-344
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  1. Participants
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781934691656
Related ISBN
9781930618411
MARC Record
OCLC
607166756
Pages
352
Launched on MUSE
2014-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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