Accepted Paper:

The state and the anthropologies of the state  
Petr Skalník

Paper long abstract:

The paper will address the problem of studying the state, whether through emic or etic approach, under the conditions of state hegemony. It will be based on the experience of studying, doing fieldwork, writing, publishing and living in countries that ranged from benign bureaucratic state to highly oppressive state machineries. The questions addressed among others will be academic freedom, alternatives to the state, direct democracy, justification of political anthropology, theories of the emergence and withering of the state, state formation, self-censorship. The paper will formulate a general theory of the relationship between the anthropologies and the state.

Panel W082
The state in the history of world anthropologies: disciplinary imaginaries at critical moments [AAA CWA panel]