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Author Coburn, Noah.

Title Bazaar Politics : Power and Pottery in an Afghan Market Town
Published Palo Alto : Stanford University Press, 2011
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Description 1 online resource (273 pages)
Contents Preface; A Rocky Road; 1. Groups and Violence; Ethnography and Suspicion; 2. Social Organization in Istalif; Making Pots; 3. How Making Pots Bound People Together; The Art of Finding a Bargain; 4. How Selling Pots Tore People Apart; Telling Stories; 5. Leadership, Descent, and Marriage; Dinner; 6. Cultural Definitions of Power in Istalif; Election Day; 7. Masterly Inactivity: The Politics of Stagnation; The Director of Intelligence; 8. The Afghan State as a Useful Fiction; Paktya--Eighteen Months Later; 9. Thinking About Violence, Social Organization, and International Intervention
Summary After the fall of the Taliban, instability reigned across Afghanistan. However, in the small town of Istalif, located a little over an hour north of Kabul and not far from Bagram on the Shomali Plain, local politics remained relatively violence-free. Bazaar Politics examines this seemingly paradoxical situation, exploring how the town's local politics maintained peace despite a long, violent history in a country dealing with a growing insurgency. At the heart of this story are the Istalifi potters, skilled craftsmen trained over generations. With workshops organized around extended families and
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Subject Ethnology -- Afghanistan -- Istālif.
Political culture -- Afghanistan -- Istālif.
Potters -- Afghanistan -- Istālif.
Istālif (Afghanistan) -- Politics and government.
Istālif (Afghanistan) -- Social conditions.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0804778906