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Experiencing The State

Experiencing The State

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Item Code: IDF372

by Lloyd I. Rudolph & John Kurt Jacobsen

Hardcover (Edition: 2006)

Oxford University Press
ISBN 0195672437

Language: English
Size: 8.4" X 5.8"
Pages: 411
Weight of the Book: 642 gms
Price: $47.50   Shipping Free
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From the Jacket :

This provocative volume on the state departs markedly from a conventional analysis that universalizes and standardizes what the state is, does, and means.

The authors engage state and stateness as it is encountered in everyday life, ranging from urban and village life to big dams, war, torture, hospital treatment, cinema attendance, and art exhibitions. The essays locate the state in time, space, and circumstances so that its meaning becomes contingent and evocative rather than definitive and authoritative.

The volume discusses formative discourses on the state, what we may think, feel or say about the state, and what images we may evoke by its various manifestations.

The co-editors introduce the volume by presenting a non-essentialist narrative of state formation and conclude it with an account of how the state has been experience in the post-9/11 world. The twelve essays examine how the state is being experienced in South Asia, the US, Western Europe, the former Soviet Union, and the Far East. Contributors include James Scott, Arundhati Roy, Bruce Cumings, Paul Brass, Sudipta Kaviraj, and Philip Oldenberg.

This volume will be useful to students and scholars of politics, sociology, philosophy, history, law and the environment as well as to lay readers concerned about the consequences and future of the modern state.

About the Author :

Lloyd I. Rudolph is Professor Emeritus of Political Science at the University of Chicago. His works (with Susanne Rudolph) include Postmodern Gandhi and Other Essays: Gandhi in the World and at Home (OUP, 2006), Reversing the Gaze: Amar Singh's Diary, A Colonial Subject's Narrative of Imperial India (OUP, 2001), and In Pursuit of Lakshmi (1987).

John Kurt Jacobsen is Research Associate, Program on International Politics, Economics and Security at the University of Chicago and the author of Dead Reckonings: Ideas, Interests, and Politics in the 'Information Age' (1997) and Technical Fouls: Democratic Dilemmas and Technological Change (2000).

Excerpts From Reviews :

"In this enterprising volume Rudolph and Jacobsen assemble a galaxy of South Asian, European and American stars who illuminatingly analyze the varieties of subjective experience of the state." - Brendan O'Leary, University of Pennsylvania

"A bold invitation to stretch our imagination. These wide-randing essays explore the state from below - exposing a subversive, alienating, oppressive leviathan as well as flashes of liberation, empowerment and transformation." - James A. Morone, Brown University

"An excellent volume...bringing a rich and diverse collection of essays on how the state is experienced. The field will be the richer for its publication." - Niraja Gopal Jayal, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi

"Rudolph and Jacobsen's collection of studies on what the state is when it's at home is a brilliant fusion of theoretical acuity and an appreciation of the ordinary." - Anne Norton, University of Pennsylvania

CONTENTS

Introduction
Framing the Inquiry: Historicizing the Modern State
Lloyd I. Rudolph and John Kurt Jacobsen
vii

EXPERIENCING HIGH MODERNIST STATES IN AMERICA AND INDIA

1.High Modernist Social Engineering:
The Case of the Tennessee Valley Authority
James C. Scott
3
2.The Cost of Living: The Narmada Dam and the Indian State
Arundhati Roy
53
3.Understanding the Collapse of the Soviet Union
Hyung-Min-Joo
73
4.How Political Scientists Experienced India's Development State
Paul R. Brass
110

EXPERIENCING THE STATE FROM BELOW IN VILLAGE GERMANY AND INDIA AND URBAN KARACHI AND LONDON

5.Experiencing Reunification: An East German Village after the Fall of the Wall
Helmuth Berking
143
6.The Dynamics of Bureaucratic Rule in Pakistan: A Personal View
Tasneem Ahmed Siddiqui
165
7.Face to Face with the Indian State: A Grass Roots View
Philip Oldenburg
184

EXPERIENCING THE STATE FROM OUTSIDE PSYCHIATRY, FILM AND ART

8.Experiencing Care: Psychotherapy and NHS Mental Reform in Britain
Bucgikas Temple
215
9.In Cahoots?
Cinema, Cynicism, and Citizenship
John Kurt Jacobsen
236
10.Forest of Logos: Empire of Signs
Patricia Bickers
267

EMANCIPATORY RESISTANCE

11.Gandhi's Trial and India's Colonial State
Sudipta Kaviraj
293
12.Experiencing Repressive States in America and the Koreas
Bruce Cumings
309
Conclusion:
Sovereignty Unbound: Experiencing the State after 9/11
Lloyd I. Rudolph and John Kurt Jacobsen
343
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