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Today there are more states controlling more people than at any other point in history. We live in a world shaped by the authority of the state. Yet the complexion of state authority is patchy and uneven. While it is almost always possible to trace the formal rules governing human interaction to the statute books of one state or another, in reality the words in these books often have little bearing upon what is happening on the ground. Their meanings are intentionally and unintentionally misrepresented by those who are supposed to enforce them and by those who are supposed to obey them, generating a range of competing authorities, voices, and allegiances. The Everyday Life of the State explores this "everyday" transformation of state authority into multiple scripts, narratives, and political activities. Drawing upon case studies from across the Middle East, North Africa, and Asia, the chapters in this book investigate the many ways in which those subjects traditionally regarded as being weak, passive, and obedient manage not only to resist the authority of state actors but to actively subvert and appropriate it, in the process making, unmaking, and remaking the boundaries between state and society over and over again. Collectively, these chapters make an important contribution to the expanding literature on "everyday politics."

The "state in society" concept used in this volume has been developed by political scientist Joel S. Migdal, the Robert F. Philip Professor of International Studies in the University of Washington's Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies.

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  1. Cover
  2. p. 1
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
  2. pp. 2-5
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Foreword
  2. pp. vii-xiv
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  1. Introduction: A State-in-Society Agenda
  2. pp. 3-12
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  1. Part I. The Everyday Life of the Turkish State
  2. pp. 13-28
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  1. 1. Seeing the State: Kinship Networks and Kurdish Resistance in Early Republican Turkey
  2. pp. 14-28
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  1. 2. Rethinking Turkish State–Kurdish Relations
  2. pp. 29-45
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  1. 3. State-Society Relations and Religious Freedom: The United States, France, and Turkey
  2. pp. 46-59
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  1. 4. Prison as a Space of State-Society Contestation: The Case of Turkish F-Type Prisons
  2. pp. 60-74
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  1. Part II. The Everyday Life of the Israeli State
  2. pp. 75-90
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  1. 5. Nationalisms Compete: The Boundaries of Arab Political Participation in Israel
  2. pp. 76-90
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  1. 6. Nation Building and Regulation of Pluri-legal Jurisdictions: The Case of the Israeli Millet System
  2. pp. 91-105
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  1. 7. Collaborating with the Image of the State, Resisting Its Practices, or Both? Israeli Jewish Women’s Political Activism
  2. pp. 106-120
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  1. 8. The Politics of Fracture: Identity, Difference, and Fissures in the Image of the Singular, Unified Israeli State
  2. pp. 121-140
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  1. Part III. The Everyday Life of the State in Asia and North Africa
  2. pp. 141-156
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  1. 9. Revelation and Redemption: Colonial Precedents for the Politics of Islam in India and Malaysia
  2. pp. 142-158
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  1. 10. (Re)Creating Democracy through Practice: Insights from the Japanese Experience
  2. pp. 159-175
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  1. 11. Negotiating National Identity: Berber Activism and the Moroccan State
  2. pp. 176-188
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  1. 12. Challenging the Practice of the State, but Beholden to Its Image: Women’s Activists, Academics, and the Public Take on Egypt’s Citizenship Laws
  2. pp. 189-204
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  1. Conclusion
  2. pp. 205-218
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 219-242
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  1. Notes on Contributors
  2. pp. 243-246
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 247-251
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780295804637
Related ISBN
9780295992563
MARC Record
OCLC
867741475
Pages
264
Launched on MUSE
2013-10-21
Language
English
Open Access
No
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