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Represented Communities: Fiji and World Decolonization John D. Kelly

Represented Communities: Fiji and World Decolonization

John D. Kelly

Published September 1st 2001
ISBN : 9780226429908
Paperback
240 pages
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In 1983 Benedict Andersons Imagined Communities revolutionized the anthropology of nationalism. Anderson argued that print capitalism fostered nations as imagined communities in a modular form that became the culture of modernity.Now, in MoreIn 1983 Benedict Andersons Imagined Communities revolutionized the anthropology of nationalism. Anderson argued that print capitalism fostered nations as imagined communities in a modular form that became the culture of modernity.Now, in Represented Communities, John D. Kelly and Martha Kaplan offer an extensive and devastating critique of Andersons depictions of colonial history, his comparative method, and his political anthropology. The authors build a forceful argument around events in Fiji from World War II to the 2000 coups, showing how focus on imagined communities underestimates colonial history and obscures the struggle over legal rights and political representation in postcolonial nation-states. They show that the self-determining nation-state actually emerged with the postwar construction of the United Nations, fundamentally changing the politics of representation.Sophisticated and impassioned, this book will further anthropologys contribution to the understanding of contemporary nationalisms.