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The Headless State: Aristocratic Orders, Kinship Society, & Misrepresentations of Nomadic Inner Asia

Author: David Sneath
Publisher: Columbia University Press.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: David Sneath
ISBN: 9780231511674 0231511671 9780231140546 0231140541
OCLC Number: 1076647348
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: Intro --
Table of Contents --
Maps --
1. 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 --
Acknowledgments --
Index.

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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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A study rich in both historical fact and linguistic analysis... Highly recommended. Choice The author presents intelligent, clearly writtenarguments, disagreement with which should callfor serious Read more...

 
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