Experiencing the State

Paperback | July 1, 2009

EditorLloyd I. Rudolph, John Kurt Jacobsen

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This collection of essays by 13 well-known contributors departs from a conventional analysis of the state that universalizes and standardizes what the state is, does, and means. The contributors engage state and stateness as it is encountered in everyday life, ranging from village and urbanlife to big dams, war, torture, hospital treatment, cinema attendance, and art exhibitions. The essays locate the state in time, space, and circumstance so that it is contingent and evocative rather than definitive and authoritative. The study discusses formative discourses on the state, what we may think or say about the state, and what images are evoked by its various manifestations through social and cultural forms. This volume begins with a non-essentialist perspective on state formation, and concludes with an account of howthe state is experienced in the post-9/11 world scenario, in India and South Asia, the US, Europe, including the former Soviet Union, and the Far East. The contributors include James C. Scott, Arundhati Roy, Sudipta Kaviraj, Lloyd I. Rudolph, Philip Oldenburg, and Paul R. Brass.

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This collection of essays by 13 well-known contributors departs from a conventional analysis of the state that universalizes and standardizes what the state is, does, and means. The contributors engage state and stateness as it is encountered in everyday life, ranging from village and urbanlife to big dams, war, torture, hospital treat...

Lloyd I. Rudolph is Professor Emeritus of Political Science at the University of Chicago. John Kurt Jacobsen is Research Associate, Program on International Politics, Economics and Security at the University of Chicago.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:412 pages, 8.46 × 5.51 × 0.07 inPublished:July 1, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198063547

ISBN - 13:9780198063544

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Lloyd I. Rudolph and John Kurt Jacobsen: Introduction - Framing the Inquiry: Historicizing the Modern StateExperiencing High Modernist States in America, India, and the Soviet Union1. James C. Scott: High Modernist Social Engineering: The Case of the Tennessee Valley Authority2. Arundhati Roy: The Cost of Living: The Narmada Dam and the Indian State3. Hyung-Min-Joo: Understanding the Collapse of the Soviet Union4. Paul R. Brass: How Political Scientists Experienced India's Development StateExperiencing the State from Below in Village India and Germany and Urban Karachi5. Helmuth Berking: Experiencing Reunification: An East German Village after the Fall of the Wall6. Tasneem Ahmed Siddiqui: The Dynamics of Bureaucratic Rule in Pakistan: A Personal View7. Philip Oldenburg: Face to Face with the Indian State: A Grass Roots ViewExperiencing the State from Outside: Psychiatry, Film, and Art8. Nicholas Temple: Experiencing Care: Psychotherapy and NHS Mental Health Reform in Britain9. John Kurt Jacobsen: In Cahoots? Cinema, Cynicism, and Citizenship10. Patricia Bickers: Forest of Logos: Empire of SignsEmancipatory Resistance11. Sudipta Kaviraj: Gandhi's Trial and India's Colonial State12. Bruce Cumings: Experiencing Repressive States in America and the KoreasLloyd I. Rudolph and John Kurt Jacobsen: Conclusion - Sovereignty Unbound: Experiencing the State after 9/11Notes on Contributors