Stategraphy: Toward A Relational Anthropology Of The State by Tatjana ThelenStategraphy: Toward A Relational Anthropology Of The State by Tatjana Thelen

Stategraphy: Toward A Relational Anthropology Of The State

EditorTatjana Thelen, Larissa Vetters, Keebet von Benda-Beckmann

Paperback | November 30, 2017

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Stategraphy-the ethnographic exploration of relational modes, boundary work, and forms of embeddedness of actors-offers crucial analytical avenues for researching the state. By exploring interactions and negotiations of local actors in different institutional settings, the contributors explore state transformations in relation to social security in a variety of locations spanning from Russia, Eastern Europe, and the Balkans to the United Kingdom and France. Fusing grounded empirical studies with rigorous theorizing, the volume provides new perspectives to broader related debates in social research and political analysis.

Tatjana Thelen is full professor in the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Vienna, and recently fellow at the Center for Interdisciplinary Research, Bielefeld University, leading the research group on “Kinship and Politics.” She coedited a special issue of Focaal – Journal of Global and Historical Anthropol...
Title:Stategraphy: Toward A Relational Anthropology Of The StateFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:170 pages, 8.75 × 6.35 × 0.68 inShipping dimensions:8.75 × 6.35 × 0.68 inPublished:November 30, 2017Publisher:BERGHAHN BOOKSLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1785337009

ISBN - 13:9781785337000


Table of Contents

Introduction to Stategraphy: Toward a Relational Anthropology of the State
Tatjana Thelen, Larissa Vetters, and Keebet von Benda-Beckmann

Chapter 1. Contingent Statehood: Clientelism and Civic Engagement as Relational Modalities in Contemporary Bosnia and Herzegovina
Larissa Vetters

Chapter 2. The State, Legal Rigor, and the Poor: The Daily Practice of Welfare Control
Vincent Dubois

Chapter 3. Relationships, Practices, and Images of the Local State in Rural Russia
Rebecca Kay

Chapter 4. Acts of Assistance: Navigating the Interstices of the British State with the Help of Non-profit Legal Advisers
Alice Forbess and Deborah James

Chapter 5. Images of Care, Boundaries of the State: Volunteering and Civil Society in Czech Health Care
Rosie Read

Chapter 6. State Kinning and Kinning the State in Serbian Elder Care Programs
Tatjana Thelen, Andre Thiemann, and Duska Roth

Chapter 7. Workings of the State: Administrative Lists, European Union Food Aid, and the Local Practices of Distribution in Rural Romania
Stefan Dorondel and Mihai Popa

Chapter 8. Creating the State Locally through Welfare Provision: Two Mayors, Two Welfare Regimes in Rural Hungary
Gyöngyi Schwarcz and Alexandra Szoke


Editorial Reviews

"Drawing on a rich set of case studies conducted across Europe, Stategraphy opens a new line of research in the growing field of the ethnographies of the state. Resolute to bridge the gap between cultural representations and actual practices, and attentive to the relational dimensions of street-level bureaucracies, the authors outline a comparative approach to contemporary states, which will be of interest for both anthropologists and political scientists." · Didier Fassin, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton University, co-author of At the Heart of the State: The Moral Life of Institutions "This collection makes a strong case for a comparative ethnography of the (modern) state. While much of the anthropological work on the state concerns Africa, the contributions in this book draw in an innovative way on examples from Europe and Russia. The contributors/editors rightly advocate for bridging state ideas and state practices, and for taking into account the benevolent side of the state." · Pierre Oliver de Sardan, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Science Social and the Centre National de la recherché Scientifique