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Book Reviews Book Reviews Veena Das and Deborah Poole (Eds.) , 2004. Anthropology in the Margins of the State. School of American Research: Santa Fe, 330 pages (paperback: no price stated). The co-editors and scholarly contributors to Anthropology in the Margins of the State have amply considered anthropology as being well positioned to provide “radical rethinking” about the State because of the fact that its mode of knowing privileges experience as well as investigates realms that are inaccessible to others. In co-editing this 330-page ambitious volume, Veena Das and Deborah Poole have assembled nine essays that chal- lenge conventional models of the margins. Meanwhile, central to the nine essays is the relationship between the modern state and its margins whether constituted spatially (peripheries), through writing practices (documents and identities), or in the space between bodies, law, and discipline (the bio-political state). Framing these relationships is the argument that the margins are witness to creativity, both economic and political, legal and illegal, as well as to danger and desperation, and the state is continually being recon fi gured in response to the imaginaries nourished in the margins and projected onto the state. The innovative and sometimes courageous research represented in these http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png African and Asian Studies Brill

Book Reviews

African and Asian Studies, Volume 4 (1-2): 225 – Jan 1, 2005

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Brill
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© 2005 Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
ISSN
1569-2094
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1569-2108
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10.1163/1569209054547265
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Book Reviews Veena Das and Deborah Poole (Eds.) , 2004. Anthropology in the Margins of the State. School of American Research: Santa Fe, 330 pages (paperback: no price stated). The co-editors and scholarly contributors to Anthropology in the Margins of the State have amply considered anthropology as being well positioned to provide “radical rethinking” about the State because of the fact that its mode of knowing privileges experience as well as investigates realms that are inaccessible to others. In co-editing this 330-page ambitious volume, Veena Das and Deborah Poole have assembled nine essays that chal- lenge conventional models of the margins. Meanwhile, central to the nine essays is the relationship between the modern state and its margins whether constituted spatially (peripheries), through writing practices (documents and identities), or in the space between bodies, law, and discipline (the bio-political state). Framing these relationships is the argument that the margins are witness to creativity, both economic and political, legal and illegal, as well as to danger and desperation, and the state is continually being recon fi gured in response to the imaginaries nourished in the margins and projected onto the state. The innovative and sometimes courageous research represented in these

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