What is a state if it is not a sovereign ?,  
in Current Anthropology, 45 (2004), pp. 577-591


(by Clifford Geertz)




Presents the author's insight on the viability of multiethnic, multireligious, and multilinguistic countries that are not underpinned by a compact and sovereign nation, and the role anthropology can play in clarifying such issues. Socio-political dynamics of Third World countries; Decolonization revolutions in the new states of Asia and Africa and renewed concerns with the problems of the government of these countries; Characteristization of a state as a vested authority possessing a monopoly of legitimate violence in a territory that of a nation.


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