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The Aporia of Power

Crisis and the Emergence of the Corporate State

Bruce Kapferer

The argument focuses on the corporate state as an increasingly significant political assemblage that has enabled new configurations of power with related social effects. Here the discussion proceeds from Karl Polanyi's thesis in The Great Transformation. A critical idea that Polanyi pursued related to the state production of economism and individualism, which prepared the ground for the expansion of capital in its globalizing form. The essay develops this idea, indicating that the nationalist capitalism of the state led to a radical change in the political and social orders of states, gradually giving rise to the corporate state assemblage. The emphasis here is on the corporate state as a socio-political order that places radically distinct structural dynamics into impossible conjunction, leading to progressively disastrous social effects concerning poverty and the emergence of new configurations in which war and violence take specific shapes.

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The Swiss Paradox

Egalitarianism and Hierarchy in a Model Democracy

Marina Gold

The Swiss system of direct democracy is in many ways paradoxical. The federal structure counteracts the formation of centralizing state hierarchies and protects the egalitarian representation of local political interests. Simultaneously, local political structures can have hierarchical and exclusionary effects, especially when democratic processes are turned into values. This article considers the tensions between egalitarian and hierarchical values in Swiss democratic structures in the wake of the rise of anti-foreigner and anti-EU passions harnessed by extreme right-wing parties. These tensions are heightened in the context of global processes that are transforming the structures of the state, as corporate power undermines state apparatuses with the potential to subvert democratic practices.

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Ethnographic Engagement with Bureaucratic Violence

Erin R. Eldridge and Amanda J. Reinke

social and ecological violence is administered through corporate-state collaborations and bureaucratic inaction and delays. Both Guyol-Meinrath Echeverry and Eldridge highlight how bureaucracies can produce uneven legal contexts that place great burdens

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State and Warfare in Mexico

The Case of Ayotzinapa

Alessandro Zagato

articulates the problem in terms of a transition toward a ‘corporate state’ where the economic logic becomes “ontologically foundational, permeating all social and political relations” (ibid.: 127) with consequences at various levels including the production

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Leif Lewin

. ” . Cox , Andrew , and Noel O’Sullivan , eds. 1988 . The Corporate State: Corporatism and the State Tradition in Western Europe . Aldershot : Edwar Elgar . Dahl , Robert A. 1956 . A

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Erin R. Eldridge

the bureaucratic institutions, backed by force, that organize everyday life. One need not look beyond the militarized response—a corporate-state collaboration—to the “water protectors” resisting the Dakota Access Pipeline or the Puerto Ricans being

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What Is Analysis?

Between Theory, Ethnography, and Method

Martin Holbraad, Sarah Green, Alberto Corsín Jiménez, Veena Das, Nurit Bird-David, Eduardo Kohn, Ghassan Hage, Laura Bear, Hannah Knox, and Bruce Kapferer

political-economic one) emergent from out of the frame of the nation-state that might be labeled the corporate state. This emergence constitutes a reconfiguring of the nature of the social world that we live in as it drives new objectivities of knowledge

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Exceptionalism and Necropolitical Security Dynamics in Olympic Rio de Janeiro

Margit Ystanes and Tomas Salem

. Goffman , Alice . 2014 . On the Run: Fugitive Life in an American City . New York : Picador . Gold , Mariana , and Alessandro Zagato , eds. 2020 . After the Pink Tide: Corporate State Formation and

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Emergent Police States

Racialized Pacification and Police Moralism from Rio's Favelas to Bolsonaro

Tomas Salem and Bjørn Enge Bertelsen

. Gilroy , Paul . 2004 . After Empire . London : Routledge . Gold , Marina , and Alessandro Zagato , eds. 2020 . After the Pink Tide: Corporate State and New Egalitarianisms in Latin America . New York : Berghahn Books . Graeber