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Boundaries and Belonging
States and Societies in the Struggle to Shape Identities and Local Practices

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Joel S. Migdal, Resart Kasaba, Sarah Abrevya Stein, Adriana Kemp, Mary Callahan, Nicole Watts, Lauren Basson, Kenneth Lawson, Neil Diamant, Patricia Woods, Matthew Sparke, Lisa Conant, Yesim Arat, Beatrice Hibou
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  • Date Published: July 2008
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521068499

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  • Although state borders remained remarkably stable during the Cold War, states have disappeared, splintered, consolidated, and blended into supra-national communities since 1990. The articles in this volume look at borders in a new way, stressing their impermanence. In particular, the study looks at the tension between the actual borders of states and other virtual boundaries that frame human communities. The contributors include political scientists, sociologists, geographers, and historians who write about the Middle East, Europe, China, North America, and Asia.

    • Inter- and multi-disciplinary
    • Covers comparative cases from different regions of the world
    • Looks at comparative study of states and societies through the prism of boundaries
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    "All contributions to this volume are exceptionally interesting and original, both in conception and in the material covered. Highly recommended." L.K.D. Kristof, emeritus, Portland State University

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    • Date Published: July 2008
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521068499
    • length: 376 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 21 mm
    • weight: 0.55kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of contributors
    Preface and Acknowledgements
    Part I. Introduction:
    1. Mental maps and virtual checkpoints: struggles to construct and maintain State and social boundaries Joel S. Migdal
    Part II. On the Eve of the Nation-State: The Ottoman Empire:
    2. Do states always favor stasis? Changing status of tribes in the Ottoman empire Resart Kasaba
    3. The preamble boundaries of Ottoman jewry Sarah Abrevya Stein
    Part III. The State and 'Dangerous Populations':
    4. 'Dangerous populations': state territoriality and the constitution of national minorities Adriana Kemp
    5. Making Myanmars: language, territory, and belonging in post-socialist Burma Mary Callahan
    6. Institutionalizing virtual Kurdistan West: pro-Kurdish politics in Western Europe Nicole Watts
    Part IV. Inscribing Membership and Contesting Membership in the Nation:
    7. Challenging boundaries and belongings: 'mixed blood' allotment disputes at the turn of the twentieth century Lauren Basson
    8. Belonging and not: civil boundaries in Rossland, BC during the Great War Kenneth Lawson
    9. Boundaries and belonging in conditions of extreme politicization: the Chinese state in private and public spaces, 1949–1968 Neil Diamant
    10. Reproductions and maintenance of group boundaries: Why the 'secular' Wtate matters to religious authorities in Israel Patricia Woods
    Part V. Beyond the State: Transnational Forces and the Challenge to the State:
    11. Belonging in the PACE lane: fast border-crossing and citizenship in the age of neoliberalism Matthew Sparke
    12. Contested boundaries: citizens, states, and the supranational belonging in the European Union Lisa Conant
    13. Boundaries of the nation-state and the lure of the Islamic community in Turkey Yesim Arat
    Part VI. Conclusion: Conclusion Beatrice Hibou

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    Joel S. Migdal, University of Washington


    Joel S. Migdal, Resart Kasaba, Sarah Abrevya Stein, Adriana Kemp, Mary Callahan, Nicole Watts, Lauren Basson, Kenneth Lawson, Neil Diamant, Patricia Woods, Matthew Sparke, Lisa Conant, Yesim Arat, Beatrice Hibou

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