Journals Higher Education



Published: 01 September 2016

256 Pages | 5 b&w illustrations

8.5 x 5.4 inches

ISBN: 9781784993801

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Governing the dead

Sovereignty and the politics of dead bodies

Edited by Finn Stepputat

Published by Manchester University Press

Human Remains and Violence MUP

  • New in Paperback
  • Bridges the often isolated fields of scholarly work that confine themselves to discussing either situations of conflict or non-conflict contexts
  • Contains a theoretical introduction that can become a classic reference for further studies on the subject
  • Makes its point by looking into an exceptional range of contexts, where states, nations, local communities, drug cartels, and insurgent movements claim sovereignty by governing the dead
  • Maps out a new terrain by showing how bodies in the transition from life to death provides a key to understanding fundamental ways in which sovereignty is claimed and performed
  • Provides a very original contribution to the study of death and power, combining earlier as well as cutting-edge theoretical insights with new empirical, and mainly ethnographic, studies

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