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Author Nuijten, Monique

Title Power, community and the state : the political anthropology of organisation in Mexico / Monique Nuijten
Published London ; Sterling, Va. : Pluto Press, 2003


Description 1 online resource (x, 227 pages) : maps
Series Anthropology, culture, and society
Anthropology, culture, and society.
Summary Annotation This book explores the balance of power between the state and local communities, with particular reference to societies in the developing world. 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. Drawing on her extensive fieldwork in Mexico, and her experience in the field of development, 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. Focusing on the relationships between a local community and the state, this study is relevant not only to political anthropology, but also to development studies more generally.'an outstanding contribution' John Gledhill, Professor of Social Anthropology, University of Manchester, editor of the journal Critique of Anthropology
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 212-220) and index
Notes English
Print version record
Subject Ejidos -- Mexico -- La Canoa (Jalisco)
Political anthropology -- Mexico
POLITICAL SCIENCE -- Political Process -- General.
SOCIAL SCIENCE -- Anthropology -- Cultural.
Political anthropology
Politics and government
SUBJECT La Canoa (Jalisco, Mexico) -- Politics and government
Subject Mexico
Mexico -- La Canoa (Jalisco)
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2003002322
ISBN 9781849641623