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Legends of People, Myths of State
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Preface to the New and Revised Edition Preface to the Paperback Reissue Introduction Chapter 1. Cultures of Nationalism: Political Cosmology and the Passions Part I: Evil and the State: Sinhalese Naitonalism, Violence, and the Power of Hierarchy Chapter 2. Ethnic Violence and the Force of History in Legend Chapter 3. Evil, Power, and the State Chapter 4. Ideological Practice, Ethnic Nationalism, and the Passions Part II: People Against the State: Australian Nationalism and Egalitarian Individualism Chapter 5. When the World Crumbles and the Heavens Fall In: War, Death, and the Creation of Nation Chapter 6. But the Band Played "Waltzing Maltilda": National Ceremonial and the Anatomy of Egalitarianism Chapter 7. Ethnicity and Intolerance: Egalitarian Nationalism and Its Political Practice Chapter 8. Nationalism, Tradition, and Political Culture Notes References

About the Author

Bruce Kapferer studied at the universities of Sydney and Manchester, at the latter with Max Gluckman and Clyde Mitchell. After having taught there for many years he returned to Australia to found the anthropology department at the University of Adelaide and the journal Social Analysis. Later he held Chairs in anthropology at University College London, James Cook University and most recently at the University of Bergen, Norway. Kapferer is also adjunct Professor in Anthropology at the University of Sydney and James Cook University. He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Social Sciences. His many publications include A Celebration of Demons (1983), The Feast of the Sorcerer (1997), Beyond Rationalism (ed., 2003), Aesthetics in Performance (co-ed., 2005), Crisis of the State (co-ed., 2009), and Contemporary Religiosities (co-ed., 2010).

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" - this brilliant book [draws] contrasts worthy of heavy thought and heavier debate." * American Anthropologist "This provocative study of the political culture of nationalism in Sri Lanka and Australia - is one of the few genuinely comparative studies in anthropology [and] in taking up such an important question as nationalism it reminds us that truly relevant anthropology questions deep-seated cultural beliefs, including our own." * Oceania "This is a book about equality and inequality, about the symbols and the ideologies of nation and state, and about violence committed in the name of religions of peace, Buddhism and Hinduis. Kapferer illuminates the modern world - and its horrors." * Peter Worsley, author of The Third World "By examining the 'logic of ontology' manifest in sorcery rites and in ethnic violence, Kapferer gives the book a dual character: it is at once a study of myth, evil, violence and an exercise in the comparative anthropology of nationalism. It is a provocatively ambitious work - " * Times Literary Supplement "The problems addressed in this book are those of modern nationalism, a political development of European origin that now has a worldwide effect - Kapferer's writing is fluid and powerful - [His work] is an excellent example of what comparative anthropology can be." * Journal of the Anthropological Society of Oxford

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