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The headless state : aristocratic orders, kinship society, & misrepresentations of nomadic inner Asia

Author: David Sneath
Publisher: New York : Columbia University Press, ©2007.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...

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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Sneath, David.
Headless state.
New York : Columbia University Press, ©2007
(OCoLC)595707085
Online version:
Sneath, David.
Headless state.
New York : Columbia University Press, ©2007
(OCoLC)608319650
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: David Sneath
ISBN: 9780231140546 0231140541 9780231511674 0231511671
OCLC Number: 134991246
Description: xi, 273 pages : maps ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction --
The myth of the kinship society : evolutionism and the anthropological imagination --
The imaginary tribe : colonial and imperial orders and the peripheral polity --
The state construction of the clan : the unilineal descent group and the ordering of state subjects --
The essentialized nomad : neocolonial and Soviet models --
Creating peoples : nation-state history and the notion of identity --
The headless state : aristocratic orders and the substrata of power.
Responsibility: David Sneath.
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