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- DescriptionIn Central Asia's Ferghana Valley, where Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, and Tajikistan meet, state territoriality has taken on new significance in these states' second decade of independence, reshaping landscapes and transforming livelihoods in a densely populated, irrigation-dependent region. Through an invative ethgraphy of social and spatial practice at the limits of the state, Border Work explores the contested work of producing and policing territorial integrity when significant stretches of new international borders remain to be conclusively demarcated or effectively policed. Drawing on extensive ethgraphic fieldwork, Madeleine Reeves follows traders, farmers, water engineers, conflict analysts, and border guards as they negotiate the practical responsibilities and social consequences of producing, policing, and deriving a livelihood across new international borders that are often encountered locally as chessboards rather than lines. She shows how the negotiation of state spatiality is bound up with concerns about legitimate rule and legitimate movement, and explores how new attempts to secure the border, materially and militarily, serve to generate new sources of lived insecurity in a context of enduring social and ecomic inter-dependence. A significant contribution to Central Asian studies, border studies, and the contemporary anthropology of the state, Border Work moves beyond traditional ethgraphies of the borderland community to foreground the effortful and intensely political work of producing state space.
- Author BiographyMadeleine Reeves is Lecturer in Social Anthropology at the University of Manchester. She is the coauthor of Surviving the Transition? Case Studies of Schools and Schooling in the Kyrgyz Republic Since Independence, editor of Movement, Power and Place in Central Asia and Beyond: Contested Trajectories, and coeditor of Ethnographies of the State in Central Asia: Performing Politics.
- Author(s)Madeleine Reeves
- PublisherCornell University Press
- Date of Publication24/02/2014
- SubjectSocial Studies: General
- Series TitleCulture and Society After Socialism
- Place of PublicationIthaca
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintCornell University Press
- Content Note39, 31 black & white halftones, 6 tables, 2 maps
- Weight457 g
- Width156 mm
- Height235 mm
- Spine20 mm
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