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What impact does 40 years of war, violence, and military intervention have on a country and its people? Modern Afghanistan is a collection of the work of interdisciplinary scholars, aid workers, and citizens to assess the impact of this prolonged conflict on Afghanistan. Nearly all of the people in Afghan society have been affected by persistent violent conflict. Issues considered in this volume include social and political dynamics, issues of gender, and the shifting relationships between tribal, sectarian, and regional communities. Contributors consider topics ranging from masculinity among the Afghan Pashtun to services offered for the disabled, and from Taliban extremism to the role of TV in the Afghan culture wars. Prioritizing the perspective and experiences of the people of Afghanistan, the contributors offer new insights into the lives of those who are hoping to build a secure future on the rubble of a violent past.

Table of Contents

  1. Half Title, Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. ix-xiv
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xv-xvi
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  1. Maps
  2. pp. xvii-xx
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  1. Introduction: The Impact of Four Decades of War and Violence on Afghan Society and Political Culture
  2. M. Nazif Shahrani
  3. pp. 1-18
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  1. Part I: Technologies of Power—Competing Discourses on National Identity, Statehood, and State Stability
  1. 1. Afghanistan: A Turbulent State in Transition
  2. Amin Saikal
  3. pp. 21-36
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  1. 2. Afghanistan’s “Traditional” Islam in Transition: The Deep Roots of Taliban Extremism
  2. Bashir Ahmad Ansari
  3. pp. 37-55
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  1. 3. Language, Poetry, and Identity in Afghanistan: Poetic Texts, Changing Contexts
  2. Mohammad Omar Sharif
  3. pp. 56-76
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  1. 4. Lineages of the Urban State: Locating Continuity and Change in Post-2001 Kabul
  2. Khalid Homayun Nadiri, M. Farshid Alemi Hakimyar
  3. pp. 77-101
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  1. 5. Webs and Spiders: Four Decades of Violence, Intervention, and Statehood in Afghanistan (1978–2016)
  2. Timor Sharan
  3. pp. 102-120
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  1. 6. Merchant-Warlords: Changing Forms of Leadership in Afghanistan’s Unstable Political Economy
  2. Noah Coburn
  3. pp. 121-132
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  1. 7. Borders, Access to Strategic Resources, and Challenges to State Stability
  2. Ahmad Shayeq Qassem
  3. pp. 133-148
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  1. 8. Brought to You by Foreigners, Warlords, and Local Activists: TV and the Afghan Culture Wars
  2. Wazhmah Osman
  3. pp. 149-176
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  1. Part II: Personal and Collective Identities, Gender Relations, and the Trust Deficit
  1. 9. “The War Destroyed Our Society”: Masculinity, Violence, and Shifting Cultural Idioms among Afghan Pashtuns
  2. Andrea Chiovenda
  3. pp. 179-199
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  1. 10. Engendering the Taliban
  2. Sonia Ahsan
  3. pp. 200-212
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  1. 11. Anticipating Discontinuous Change: Afghanistan in Retrospect and Prospect
  2. Robert L. Canfield, Fahim Masoud
  3. pp. 213-226
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  1. Part III: Adapting to a New Political Ecology of Uncertainties at the Margins
  1. 12. Badakhshanis since the Saur Revolution: Struggle, Triumph, Hope, and Uncertaint
  2. M. Nazif Shahrani
  3. pp. 229-250
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  1. 13. Hazara Civil Society Activists and Local, National, and International Political Institutions
  2. Melissa Kerr Chiovenda
  3. pp. 251-270
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  1. 14. Adapting to Three Decades of Uncertainty: The Flexibility of Social Institutions among Baloch Groups in Afghanistan
  2. Just Boedeker
  3. pp. 271-289
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  1. 15. Party Institutionalization Meets Women’s Empowerment? Acquiring Power and Influence in Afghanistan
  2. Anna Larson
  3. pp. 290-310
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  1. Part IV: Violence, Social Services Delivery, and the Rising Trust Deficit
  1. 16. Childbirth and Social Change in Afghanistan
  2. Kylea Laina Liese
  3. pp. 313-326
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  1. 17. Signatures of Distrust in Contemporary Afghanistan: More Than a Decade of Development Effort for Vulnerable Groups: The Case of Disability
  2. Parul Bakhshi, Jean-Francois Trani
  3. pp. 327-352
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 353-372
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780253030269
MARC Record
OCLC
1021064712
Pages
456
Launched on MUSE
2018-05-08
Language
English
Open Access
No
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