Cultural Anthropology : Sovereignty

CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY

Sovereignty

Issue 32.3 August 2017

 

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The August issue of Cultural Anthropology features a Retrospectives collection on “Sovereignty,” edited by J. Kēhaulani Kauanui. In her introduction, Kauanui reflects on how the concept of sovereignty has occupied a tentative and emergent role in anthropological work, tacking between distinct localizations and epistemological frames. Yarimar Bonilla underscores how sovereignty, as a sign of Western political thought, has been deeply implicated in historic and ongoing orders of empire. By juxtaposing discussions of sovereignty with those of settler colonialism, Circe Sturm explores how each have shaped indigenous political struggles and informed intellectual debates. Amahl Bishara considers the case of Palestine, which, she argues, both surfaces important variations on sovereignty and serves as the backdrop for the performance of popular sovereignties. For her part, Kamari Maxine Clarke extends an invitation to reconceptualize the social contract through “new bio-constitutional arrangements.”

Sovereignty: An Introduction by J. Kēhaulani Kauanui

Unsettling Sovereignty by Yarimar Bonill

Reflections on the Anthropology of Sovereignty and Settler Colonialism: Lessons from Native North America by Circe Sturm

Sovereignty and Popular Sovereignty for Palestinians and Beyond by Amahl Bishara

Rethinking Sovereignty through Hashtag Publics: The New Body Politics by Kamari Maxine Clarke


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