Date(s) - 12/02/2016
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Friday, February 12, 2016
Prof. Chris Krupa & Kim Clark Book Launch of State Theory and Andean Politics: New Approaches to the Study of Rule
Development Seminar rescheduled from January 29
12:00-2:00pm, AP 246, 19 Russell St.
A light lunch will be provided, please register below.
Book Description: In the last few decades, Andean states have seen major restructuring of the organization, leadership, and reach of their governments. With these political tremors come major aftershocks, regarding both definitions and expectations: What is a state? Who or what makes it up, and where does it reside? In what capacity can the state be expected to right wrongs, raise people up, protect them from harm, maintain order, or provide public services? What are its powers and responsibilities?
State Theory and Andean Politics attempts to answer these questions and more through an examination of the ongoing process of state creation in Andean nations. Focusing on the everyday, extraofficial, and frequently invisible or partially concealed permutations of rule in the lives of Andean people, the essays explore the material and cultural processes by which states come to appear as real and tangible parts of everyday life. In particular, they focus on the critical role of emotion, imagination, and fantasy in generating belief in the state, among the governed and the governing alike. This approach pushes beyond the limits of the state as conventionally understood to consider how “nonstate” acts of governance intersect with official institutions of government, while never being entirely determined by them or bound to their authorizing agendas. State Theory and Andean Politics asserts that the state is not simply an institutional-bureaucratic apparatus but one of many forces vying for a claim to legitimate political dominion.
Featuring an impressive array of Andeanist scholars as well as eminent state theorists Akhil Gupta and Gyanendra Pandey, State Theory and Andean Politics makes a bold and novel claim about the nature of states and state-making that deepens understanding not only of the Andes and the Global South but of the world at large.
Contributors: Kim Clark, Nicole Fabricant, Lesley Gill, Akhil Gupta, Christopher Krupa, David Nugent, Gyanendra Pandey, Mercedes Prieto, Maria Clemencia Ramírez, Irene Silverblatt, Karen Spalding, Winifred Tate.
Kim Clark’s chapter abstract: In “New Arenas of State Action in Highland Ecuador: Public Health and State Formation c. 1925- 1950,” Kim Clark explores state effects generated in two projects carried out by the Ecuadorian Public Health Service in rural and urban areas of the Andean highlands in the second quarter of the twentieth century. During a bubonic plague eradication campaign in a rural area, public health officials were engaged not only in addressing a health issue, but also in constructing an image of the state as separate from, and able to act on, society. An exploration of a maternal-infant health program in provincial towns and cities, however, indicates the extent to which the “state” was not a unified, self-willed agent, in part due to the diversity of social experiences embodied by different state agents employed to deliver these services. In both cases the conflicts some state actors engaged in (including with other state actors) to advance public health services contributed to generating legitimacy for their projects.
The Development Seminar is an interdisciplinary initiative that critically examines issues of global inequality, postcolonial politics, and power in the Global South, broadly conceived. Guest speakers bring theoretical questions into tension with their innovative research – on issues that include rural and urban livelihoods, planning, public health, gender, security, and finance.
The Seminar is sponsored by the Faculty of Arts and Science, with additional support from the Departments of Anthropology, Geography, Political Science, and Sociology. This year’s seminar coordinators are Mark Hunter (Associate Professor, Geography, UTSC) and Jacob Nerenberg (Doctoral Candidate, Anthropology, St. George).
Bookings are closed for this event.