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Fixers in Motion. A Conversation

  • Craig Jeffrey (a1), Christine Philliou (a2), Douglas Rogers (a3) and Andrew Shryock (a4)
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Since taking the editorial helm of CSSH in 2006, I have watched several intellectual trends shift and gather momentum. Postsocialist and postcolonial studies are merging into a more generalized interest in the politics of empire. Critical impulses once associated with the “post” approaches have found their way into studies of secularism, conversion, translation, and state effects. Increasingly, these topics are analyzed as transregional processes that operate across religious and political logics. In 2009, our first CSSH Conversation dealt with matters of tolerance and conversion in the Ottoman Empire, and in 2010 we filled an entire issue with essays on secularism (52-3). In each case, the ground we explored was contested, but themes of governmentality and moral transformation were central, and the terms of debate were broadly shared.

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doug.rogers@yale.edu; ashryock@umich.edu; craig.jeffrey@ouce.ox.ac.uk; cmp9@columbia.edu
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1 Baer Marc, Makdisi Ussama, and Shryock Andrew, “Tolerance and Conversion in the Ottoman Empire: A Conversation,” CSSH 51, 4 (2009): 927–40.

2 Pierce Steven, “Looking Like a State: Colonialism and the Discourse of Corruption in Northern Nigeria,” CSSH 48, 4 (2006): 887914.

3 Ledeneva Alena, “Blat and Guanxi: Informal Practices in Russia and China,” CSSH 50, 1 (2008): 118–44.

4 Hertog Steffan, “The Sociology of Gulf Rentier Systems: Societies of Intermediaries,” CSSH 52, 2 (2010): 282318.

5 Alexopoulos Golfo, “Stalin and the Politics of Kinship: Practices of Collective Punishment, 1920s–1940s,” CSSH 50, 1 (2008): 91117.

6 Rogers Douglas, “How to Be a Khoziain in a Transforming State: State Formation and the Ethics of Governance in Post-Soviet Russia,” CSSH 48, 4 (2006): 915–45.

7 Philliou Christine, “Communities on the Verge: Unraveling the Phanariot Ascendancy in Ottoman Governance,” CSSH 51, 1 (2009): 151–81.

8 Jeffrey Craig, “Fixing Futures: Educated Unemployment through a North Indian Lens,” CSSH 51, 1 (2009): 182211.

9 Huntington Samuel, Political Order in Changing Societies (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1968).

10 Thompson E. P., The Making of the English Working Classes (London: Victo Gollacz, 1963).

11 Pesmen Dale, Russia and Soul: An Exploration (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2000).

12 Herzfeld Michael, Cultural Intimacy: Social Poetics in the Nation-State (New York: Routledge, 1997).

13 Scott James, Comparative Political Corruption (Englewood Cliffs, N.J.: Prentice-Hall, 1972).

14 Jeffrey, “Fixing Futures”: 203.

15 Meeker Michael, A Nation of Empire: The Ottoman Legacy of Turkish Modernity (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2002).

16 Ibid., 395.

17 Johnson-Hanks Jennifer, “On the Limits of Life Stages in Ethnography: Toward a Theory of Vital Conjunctures,” American Anthropologist 104, 3 (2002): 865–80.

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