Anthropology, Politics, and the State: Democracy and Violence in South Asia (New Departures in Anthropology Series)

By: Jonathan Spencer

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In recent years anthropology has rediscovered its interest in politics. Building on the findings of this research, this book offers a new way of analysing the relationship between culture and politics, with special attention to democracy, nationalism, the state and political violence. Beginning with scenes from an unruly early 1980s election campaign in Sri Lanka, it covers issues from rural policing in north India to slum housing in Delhi, presenting arguments about secularism and pluralism, and the ambiguous energies released by electoral democracy across the subcontinent. It ends by discussing feminist peace activists in Sri Lanka, struggling to sustain a window of shared humanity after two decades of war. Bringing together and linking the themes of democracy, identity and conflict, this important new study shows how anthropology can take a central role in understanding other people’s politics, especially the issues that seem to have divided the world since 9/11. • Synthesizes the most important recent approaches to the anthropology of politics • Offers a new anthropological approach to the issues of democracy and nationalism • Illustrated with first-hand accounts of events of politics and political violence in India and Sri Lanka Contents 1. The strange death of political anthropology; 2. Locating the political; 3. Culture, nation and misery; 4. Performing democracy; 5. The state and self-making; 6. The state and violence; 7. Pluralism in theory, pluralism in practice; 8. Politics and counter-politics. Printed Pages: 208 with 5 half-tones.

Title: Anthropology, Politics, and the State: Democracy and Violence in South Asia (New Departures in Anthropology Series)

Author Name: Jonathan Spencer

Categories: India, History, Culture, and Politics, Sociology & Anthropology,

Edition: First Edition

Publisher: Cambridge, UK, Cambridge University Press: 2008

ISBN: 0521722128

ISBN 13: 9780521722124

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition: New

Size: 150 x 230 Mm

Seller ID: 021725

Keywords: Anthropology Politics State India South Asia Democracy Violence