Author: Professor of Anthropology and Professor of Humanities Veena Das
Publisher: James Currey Publishers
Size: 32.43 MB
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
Category : Social Science
Languages : en
Pages : 330
The very form and reach of the modern state are changing radically under the pressure of globalization. Drawing on fieldwork in Sierra Leone, Sri Lanka, Peru, Guatemala, India, Chad, Colombia, and South Africa, the contributors examine official documentary practices and their forms and falsifications; the problems that highly mobile mercenaries, currency, goods, arms, and diamonds pose to the state; emerging non-state regulatory authorities; and the role language plays as cultures struggle to articulate their situation.