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Personal States : Making Connections between People and Bureaucracy in Turkey - Catherine Alexander

Personal States

Making Connections between People and Bureaucracy in Turkey

Hardcover Published: 1st July 2002
ISBN: 9780199251797
Number Of Pages: 284

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Catherine Alexander charts how Turkish people, both within and outside the state bureaucracy, attempt to personalise the impersonality of the state. Based on a detailed study of the nationalized Turkish Sugar Corporation, she considers how people from the highest levels of the state bureaucracy to farming villages understand 'the state', and how, in turn, they imagine themselves to be perceived. The narratives and metaphors used in these constructions draw on resources close to hand such as the material organization of state factory compounds, state personnel encountered in the course of everyday life, and the image of the family structure. By also exploring notions of state and personhood within the highest echelons of the administration itself, Alexander shows how ideas of 'the state' recede once one is actually 'within'. For officials the state becomes other institutions and Ministries with which they have little contact. The continual process of striving to make connections with other groups and people occurs both at all hierarchical levels of the Sugar Corporation and between farmers and factory engineers. This elegant, nuanced ethnography of modernity will cause scholars of state institutions across a broad range of disciplines radically to rethink what 'the state' actually is, and the relations that create it, thus taking understandings of the state to an entirely new level.

List of Figuresp. xii
List of Tablesp. xiii
List of Boxesp. xiii
List of Acronymsp. xiv
Introductionp. 1
Histories: Time and the Selfp. 28
Sugarp. 55
The State: The View from Elsewherep. 76
The State: The View from Withinp. 92
The Factory: Fabricating the Statep. 123
Village Brokeringp. 150
The Sugar Contractp. 177
The Practice of Contractsp. 201
Talking about Privatizationp. 224
Referencesp. 241
Indexp. 255
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ISBN: 9780199251797
ISBN-10: 0199251797
Series: Oxford Studies in Social and Cultural Anthropology
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 284
Published: 1st July 2002
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.2 x 16.3  x 2.1
Weight (kg): 0.55