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Death of a Statesman – Birth of a Martyr

Martyrdom and Memorials in Post–Civil War Lebanon

Are John Knudsen

’s posthumous transformation from political patron to patron saint and what this can teach us of political culture, nation-building and statehood in post–civil war Lebanon. Memorials and Martyrs Post–civil war memorialisation in Lebanon has been examined in

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Statehood and Intercultural Dialogue

Study of Slovenian Transition

Peter Simoničm

Contemporary political rituals have been a neglected topic in Slovenian ethnology and anthropology. This article presents celebrations of Slovenian statehood in the period of transition - from 1991 to the present - which were being organised in the Republic Square (Trg Republike) and cultural centre Cankarjev dom in Ljubljana, and have been outlining the components of Slovenian political mythology and offering solutions for the new national future. The analysis is focused on the holders of political, cultural and media systems. It attempts to disclose the significance and use of the concept of intercultural dialogue in contemporary Slovenian society by exploring the relationship between ritual and its social background.

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State and Warfare in Mexico

The Case of Ayotzinapa

Alessandro Zagato

tendencies in the fields of statehood and warfare that I examine in this article. Despite the amount of intellectual effort (within and outside the academy) put into offering a coherent explanation for the aggression—taking into account the scale of the event

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Contingent Statehood

Clientelism and Civic Engagement as Relational Modalities in Contemporary Bosnia and Herzegovina

Larissa Vetters

This article analyzes clientelism and civic engagement as two relational modalities adopted by the residents of Mostar to obtain state-funded housing assistance in the face of rapid political transformation, economic insecurity, and post-conflict reconstruction. Couched in historical and contemporary discourses of deservingness and harking back to spatial imaginaries that evolved during the socialist era, both modalities converge in the notion of raseljeni, a post-war administrative category denoting an internally displaced person. Despite their apparent differences, the ultimate goal of both modalities is to establish sustainable channels of communication and productive relations with state authorities. Such relational modalities not only facilitate citizens' access to public resources, but also lend continuity and coherence to a fragmented state apparatus. In the process, they give rise to distinct political subjectivities and notions of political community.

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The psychology of regions

A Vygotskian perspective

Luk Van Langenhove

statehood properties. Second, the Vygotsky scheme will be introduced and applied to the processes of building regions. Third, the article will conclude by briefly discussing how regions play a role in identity-building. The whole article builds extensively

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Uzi Meshulam and the ‘Mishkan Ohalim’ Affair

The Influence of Radical Ultra-Orthodoxy

Motti Inbari

days of Israeli statehood. The so-called Yemenite Children Affair concerns the alleged disappearance of hundreds of babies and toddlers of new immigrants, mainly from Yemen, to the recently founded State of Israel. In most cases, parents were told in

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From the “state-idea” to “politically organized subjection”

Revisiting Abrams in times of crisis in Turkey and EU-Europe

Katharina Bodirsky

anthropology wants to gain a deeper understanding of the contradictions of statehood and inequalities today. My first suggestion here is that we pay closer attention to current dynamics in hegemony-building strategies, and thus to concretize Abrams’s interest

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The Many Faces of the State

Living in Peace and Conflict in the Chittagong Hill Tracts, Bangladesh

Nasir Uddin and Eva Gerharz

. This line of thought is related to the notion of borderlands, or “zones of limited statehood,” also described as peripheries ( Scott 2009 ). Second, state governance encapsulates institutions that seek to govern locales within the national territory. As

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Ariel L. Feldestein

This year, Israel marks the sixtieth anniversary of the establishment of the state. It is an opportune time to study anew the discussions in the People's Administration, which was founded on the eve of the declaration of statehood. In this article, I will examine the course of the discussions and the voting with regard to the declaration, as reflected in the primary sources, in the oral interviews with members of the People's Administration, and in the historiographic descriptions.

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No Sovereignty without Freedom

Machiavelli, Hobbes and the Global Order in the Twenty-first Century

Samuel Salzborn

In outlining a model of sovereignty, this article makes constructive reference to the ideas of Machiavelli and Hobbes concerning the fundamental structures of modern statehood, and ultimately argues for a sovereignty without morality – but not without restraints. A central element is the idea that in terms of legal theory, limitations on sovereignty should not come from some other context, but should instead be developed solely in reference to itself and its inherent contradictions: this could be the future of sovereignty.