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By Aradhana Sharma, Akhil Gupta (editors)

This leading edge reader brings jointly vintage theoretical texts and state of the art ethnographic analyses of particular kingdom associations, practices, and tactics and descriptions an anthropological framework for rethinking destiny research of “the state”. makes a speciality of the associations, areas, rules, practices, and representations that represent the “state”.Promotes cultural and transnational techniques to the topic. is helping readers to make anthropological experience of the kingdom as a cultural artifact, within the context of a neoliberalizing, transnational international.

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They are expressly not tied to any national population. Instead, these NGOs link up communities across the globe not through affective ‘‘national’’ ties but through other ‘‘characteristics’’ such as poverty, or human rights abuses, and attempt to address the resource needs of these constructed communities. How can we account for the govern- RETHINKING THEORIES OF THE STATE IN AN AGE OF GLOBALIZATION 27 mental roles and modalities of such institutions whose spatial reach and populations served might be quite different from that of states?

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Representational techniques such as organizational charts, official seals, and photographs of state leaders help suture the various levels of bureaucracy into an apparently neat, organized, distinct, and coherent whole, and define state functionaries’ relation to this larger system. By lending to the state a veneer of consistency, systematicity, centralized control, and wholeness, and by thus eliding the messiness, contradictions, and tensions that states congeal, statist representations play a crucial role in entrenching the borders and vertical authority of the state and in shaping resistance to the state.

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