The many hands of the state: Theorizing political authority and social control

Kimberly J. Morgan*, Ann Shola Orloff

*Corresponding author for this work

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The state is central to social scientific and historical inquiry today, reflecting its importance in domestic and international affairs. States kill, coerce, fight, torture, and incarcerate, yet they also nurture, protect, educate, redistribute, and invest. It is precisely because of the complexity and wide-ranging impacts of states that research on them has proliferated and diversified. Yet, too many scholars inhabit separate academic silos, and theorizing of states has become dispersed and disjointed. This book aims to bridge some of the many gaps between scholarly endeavors, bringing together scholars from a diverse array of disciplines and perspectives who study states and empires. The book offers not only a sample of cutting-edge research that can serve as models and directions for future work, but an original conceptualization and theorization of states, their origins and evolution, and their effects. Provides scholars and students with a conceptual apparatus and set of questions that can guide their research. Allows readers to gain an overview of where research currently stands and where it could go next. Provides a synthetic view of a diverse scholarly literature.

Original languageEnglish (US)
PublisherCambridge University Press
Number of pages412
ISBN (Electronic)9781316471586
ISBN (Print)9781107135291
StatePublished - Feb 27 2017

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)


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