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The Everyday Lives of Sovereignty: Political Imagination beyond the State

Rebecca Bryant and Madeleine Reeves


Around the world, border walls and nationalisms are on the rise as people express the desire to “take back” sovereignty. This book uses ethnographic research in disputed and exceptional places to study sovereignty claims from the ground up. While it might immediately seem that citizens desire a stronger state, the cases of compromised, contested, or failed sovereignty in this volume point instead to political imaginations beyond the state form. Examples from Spain to Afghanistan and from Western Sahara to Taiwan show how calls to take back control or to bring back order are best understood as ... More

Keywords: nationalism, sovereignty, compromised sovereignty, contested sovereignty, failed sovereignty, sovereign agency

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9781501755736
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: January 2022 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501755736.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Rebecca Bryant, editor
University of Utrecht

Madeleine Reeves, editor
Manchester University

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