Power, Community and the State

Power, Community and the State

The Political Anthropology of Organisation in Mexico

eBook - 2003
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An important contribution to debates on theorising state power
This book explores the balance of power between the state and local communities, with particular reference to societies in the developing world. *BR**BR*Monique Nuijten shows how rituals of bureaucratic power and accusations of corruption give flesh to incredible fantasies, and conspiracy theories among officials, peasants and brokers. At the same time she shows that in this labyrinthine world of bureaucratic obstacles and state control, local agrarian communities manage to find certain room for autonomy.*BR**BR*Drawing on her extensive fieldwork in Mexico, Nuijten draws wide conclusions that can be applied to many societies. Providing a detailed ethnography, she focuses on various themes, including a theoretical anthropology of state power; families and factionalism after agrarian reform; local organisation; questions of law; corruption; and development theory.

Publisher: London ; Sterling, Va. : Pluto Press, 2003
ISBN: 9781849641623
Characteristics: 1 online resource (x, 227 pages) : maps


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