Many faces of the state [Anthropology of the state]


Anthropology of the state has grown up as an emerging field of research in Anthropology during the last three decades. In classical anthropology, political organisations and political systems in stateless societies constituted the major field of investigation, rather than the idea of the state[24]. British social anthropology in particular paid attention to how political organizations and political systems used to function in African society without even the concept of what we now call the state[25]. Since the late 1990s, anthropological understanding of the state has increasingly grown up under a specialized field of study providing perspectives from the margins of society. During the last three decades, anthropology of the state has come up with a very strong field of study where many scholars have contributed to building theories with their own ethnographic works from across the world. Uddin with his colleague Eva Gergarz has published an article titled “The Many Faces of the State: Living in Peace and Conflict in the Chittagong Hill Tracts, Bangladesh” in Conflict and Society: Advances in Research which has contributed a new theoretical framework to understand state from the margin phrasing “The Many Faces of the State”. Uddin and Gerharz have argued that the state has many faces which become functional in dealing with the people who (re)define the many faces of the state amidst their everyday lived experience. Uddin and Gerhaz’s theory is widely known as “state has many faces” in the anthropology of the state and the margins. [copied from Wikipedia]

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