9/11 and its aftermath have proven that our rules approximately what constitutes sovereign strength lag dangerously in the back of the burgeoning claims to rights and popularity inside and throughout nationwide obstacles. New configurations of sovereignty are on the middle of political and cultural modifications globally. Sovereign Bodies shifts the controversy on sovereign strength clear of territoriality and exterior popularity of kingdom energy, towards the shaping of sovereign strength in the course of the workout of violence over human our bodies and populations. during this quantity, sovereign energy, no matter if exercised through a geographical region or by way of an area despotic strength or neighborhood, is known and scrutinized as whatever tentative and risky whose efficacy relies much less on formal principles than on repeated acts of violence.
Following the editors' creation are fourteen essays through major students from world wide that learn cultural meanings of sovereign strength and violence, in addition to practices of citizenship and belonging--in South Africa, Peru, India, Mexico, Cyprus, Norway, and likewise between transnational chinese language and Indian populations. Sovereign our bodies enriches our figuring out of strength and sovereignty within the postcolonial international and in "the West" whereas starting new conceptual fields within the anthropology of politics. The participants are Ana María Alonso, Lars Buur, Partha Chatterjee, Jean Comaroff and John L. Comaroff, Oivind Fuglerud, Thomas Blom Hansen, Barry Hindess, Steffen Jensen, Achille Mbembe, Aihwa Ong, Finn Stepputat, Simon Turner, Peter van der Veer, and Yael Navaro-Yashin.