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Author Friedman, John T.

Title Imagining the post-apartheid state : an ethnographic account of Namibia / John T. Friedman
Published New York : Berghahn Books, 2011
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Description 1 online resource (xii, 312 pages) : illustrations
Contents Imagining states -- State imaginings -- Govern-mentality in Kaokoland -- 'How do you feeling about freedom' -- The art of being governed -- Courts, laws, and the administration of justice -- In the matter of the state v. custom -- Judicial statements -- Legal states of imagination and their effect -- Chiefship and the post-apartheid state -- Making politics, making history -- 'Tradition', authority, and the state in northern Kaokoland -- Towards an ethnography of the (Namibian) state
Summary "In northwest Namibia, people's political imagination offers a powerful insight into the post-apartheid state. Based on extensive anthropological fieldwork, this book focuses on the former South African apartheid regime and the present democratic government; it compares the perceptions and practices of state and customary forms of judicial administration, reflects upon the historical trajectory of a chieftaincy dispute in relation to the rooting of state power and examines everyday forms of belonging in the independent Namibian State. By elucidating the State through a focus on the social, historical and cultural processes that help constitute it, this study helps chart new territory for anthropology, and it contributes an ethnographic perspective to a wider set of interdisciplinary debates on the State and state processes."--Publisher site
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 273-302) and index
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Subject Ethnology -- Namibia.
Political anthropology -- Namibia.
Kaokoland (Namibia) -- Politics and government.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0857450905 (hardback : alk. paper)
0857450913 electronic bk
9780857450906 (hardback : alk. paper)
9780857450913 electronic bk