The Headless State
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The Headless State

Aristocratic Orders, Kinship Society, and Misrepresentations of Nomadic Inner Asia
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ISBN-13:
9780231140546
Einband:
Buch
Erscheinungsdatum:
28.11.2007
Seiten:
288
Autor:
David (Director Sneath
Gewicht:
546 g
Format:
234x158x21 mm
Sprache:
Englisch
Beschreibung:
Dispels the myths surrounding the history of steppe societies and proposes a fresh understanding of the nature and formation of the state. Drawing on his extensive anthropological fieldwork in the region, the author persuasively challenges the legitimacy of the tribal model, which continues to distort scholarship on the history of Inner Asia.
List of Maps1. Introduction
2. The Myth of the Kinship Society: Evolutionism and the Anthropological Imagination
3. The Imaginary Tribe: Colonial and Imperial Orders and the Peripheral Polity
4. The State Construction of the Clan: The Unilineal Descent Group and the Ordering of State Subjects
5. The Essentialized Nomad: Neocolonial and Soviet Models
6. Creating Peoples: Nation-state History and the Notion of Identity
7. The Headless State: Aristocratic Orders and the Substrata of Power
Notes
References
Index
In this groundbreaking work, social anthropologist David Sneath aggressively dispels the myths surrounding the history of steppe societies and proposes a new understanding of the nature and formation of the state. Since the colonial era, representations of Inner Asia have been dominated by images of fierce nomads organized into clans and tribes-but as Sneath reveals, these representations have no sound basis in historical fact. Rather, they are the product of nineteenth-century evolutionist social theory, which saw kinship as the organizing principle in a nonstate society.