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Type: Paper
Paper Title: MOMENTS OF HEGEMONIC DISRUPTION IN THE FORMATION OF STATE AND NATION
Author: CHARLES CARNEGIE (Bates College)   
Date/Time: Sat., 3:45 PM
Co-Author(s): CHARLES CARNEGIE (Bates College) 
Abstract: An astute critic of the repressive postcolonial state, Michel-Rolph Trouillot’s prescient work on the anthropology of the state yet emphasizes the folly of viewing states as institutional formations analytically distinct from their national communities, and urges us instead to decipher historically and ethnographically the organic relationship between them. Using the Haitian case as his point of focus, Trouillot implies that the reconstitution of the postcolonial state cannot occur merely through changes in political leadership, no matter how enlightened, but must be brought about by and occur in conjunction with transformations in the national community. This paper examines a pioneering experiment in civil society formation in late-colonial Jamaica that, had it been allowed to succeed, might have led to a more community-centered model for the post-independence Jamaican state than the one the British authorities and Jamaican nationalist politicians eventually put in place.

Program Number: 4-0750
Session Title: HISTORY, MEMORY, GLOBALIZATION: IN HONOR OF MICHEL-ROLPH TROUILLOT
Session Sponsor: American Ethnological Society
Session Date/Time: Sat., 1:45 PM-5:30 PM
Organizer(s): RICHARD PRICE (College of William & Mary), BRACKETTE WILLIAMS (University of Arizona) 
Chair(s): RICHARD PRICE (College of William & Mary)  
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