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Worshiping Power: An Anarchist View of Early State Formation

Book launch and discussion with the author, Peter Gelderloos
When Jun 22, 2017
from 07:30 PM to 08:30 PM
Where Committee Room, Sociology
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This book provides a history of state formation in Asia, the Americas, Africa, and Europe, from Mesopotamia to the 20th century.

Identifying different models or paths of state formation, Worshiping Power lays the groundwork for an anarchist theory of the origin of states, and in the process disputes common misconceptions stemming from liberal, Marxist, primitivist, and environmental determinist theories of state formation. 

Rather than treating state formation as a singular event, a Pandora's Box, Worshiping Power analyzes state formation as a constant process, with religious, militaristic, economic, and kinship-based motors. 

It is also a work in grassroots scholarship, taking the study of the State out of academic institutions and into the streets, showing how a historically grounded understanding of the nature of the State is relevant to today's struggles against patriarchy, environmental devastation, racism, war, and capitalism. 

 

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