Published by the University of Chicago Press
Title What Is a State If It Is Not a Sovereign?
Author(s) Clifford Geertz
Identifiers Current Anthropology, volume 45 (2004), pages 577–593
Copyright © 2004, The Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research.
Abstract The emergence of the new states of Asia and Africa after the decolonization revolutions of the 1950s and 1960s has resulted in a renewed concern with the problems of government in multiethnic, multireligious, and multilinguistic countries. I discuss the issues thus produced, including the viability of states that are not underpinned by a compact and sovereign nation, and the role anthropology can play in clarifying such issues.


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