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Edited by H. Geertz

Balinese texts, temples, theatre performances and rituals, in seven essays, are placed into specific political contexts in an effort to gain a deeper understanding of the changing relations between state and society on the complex island of Bali.
How have local communities been linked to various claimants to state sovereignty through Bali's history? What have been the forms and functions of the institutions that have joined peasants with kings and bureaucrats? How have these institutions changed and in what ways have they remained the same over the centuries? How have these relationships been represented by Balinese to themselves? And, how should research on these issues be carried further forward?
The contributors to this volume—I Gusti Ngurah Bagus, Hildred Geertz, Henk Schulte Nordholt, Raechelle Rubinstein, David J. Stuart Fox, Adrian Vickers, and Carol Warren—represent the disciplines of anthropology, literature and history, but all of them cut creatively across disciplinary lines. In contrast to previous Bali research, these studies put more emphasis on historical background and pay close attention to local Balinese perspectives. Early and colonial history form the frame of several papers, while others deal with major changes in the recent past. While each paper taken alone has its own specialized concerns, if the set is read as a series an outline can be discerned, not only of Balinese history and culture, but also of some characteristic features of the new research on Bali being carried out in the 1980s. The interdisciplinary approach of this volume makes it challenging reading for a wider audience of Southeast Asianists.


Yaacov Lev

Fatimid history is a chapter of both Mediterranean and Islamic history. In the period covered by the book (10th-12th centuries) profound changes took place in the Eastern Mediterranean affecting the history of the region.
Divided into three parts this study deals with the political history of the Fatimid period, the structure of the Fatimid state and the interplay between state and society.
The book is a contribution to the study of Islamic military history addressing such topics as: the formation and upkeep of black slave armies, the role of Christian-Armenian troops in twelfth-century Egypt and military and naval aspects of the Fatimid wars with the Crusaders. Other topics examined are the internal policies of the Fatimid state: notably, among them, the religious policies of the Fatimid regime, the involvement of the state in the urban life of the Fatimid capital city, Fustat-Cairo, and Fatimid attitudes toward non-Muslim communities.

Law, State, and Society in Early Imperial China (2 vols)

A Study with Critical Edition and Translation of the Legal Texts from Zhangjiashan Tomb no. 247


Anthony J. Barbieri-Low and Robin D.S. Yates

Law, State, and Society in Early Imperial China has been accorded Honorable Mention status in the 2017 Patrick D. Hanan Prize (China and Inner Asia Council (CIAC) of the Association for Asian Studies) for Translation competition.

In Law, State, and Society in Early Imperial China, Anthony J. Barbieri-Low and Robin D.S. Yates offer the first detailed study and translation into English of two recently excavated, early Chinese legal texts. The Statutes and Ordinances of the Second Year consists of a selection from the long-lost laws of the early Han dynasty (206 BCE-220 CE). It includes items from twenty-seven statute collections and one ordinance. The Book of Submitted Doubtful Cases contains twenty-two legal case records, some of which have undergone literary embellishment. Taken together, the two texts contain a wealth of information about slavery, social class, ranking, the status of women and children, property, inheritance, currency, finance, labor mobilization, resource extraction, agriculture, market regulation, and administrative geography.

Tao Chuanjin

1. Problems in the Relationship between State and Society: Single-Axis or Dual-Axis? When researching problems touching on the role of government, civil society organizations and societal self-governance in modern-day China, we often borrow our theory of the relationship between state and

Antonio L. Rappa

The Politics of Ageing: Perspectives from State and Society in Singapore Antonio L. Rappa Department of Political Science National University of Singapore An understanding of the extent and degree of political influence on the elderly is crucial in any constituency. The paper analyses how state

Between State and Society

Community Schools in Zambia


Richard Bamattre

, hiring teachers, and supervising teaching and learning. These institutions represent a dramatic shift in how state and society are constructed and imagined in the arena of education, by allowing and even empowering communities to play an increasingly major role in creating and managing their own

Maarten Prak

387 MODERNISATION, THE STATE, AND SOCIETY MAARTEN PRAK University of Utrecht Collins, James B., The State in Early Modern France; New Approaches to European History (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1995), xxxiv + 280 pp. £30/$49.95 ISBN 0 521 38284 X; £10.95/$15.95 ISBN 0521 38724 8

Linda T. Darling

Book Reviews / JESHO 54 (2011) 270-309 275 Haim GERBER, State and Society in the Ottoman Empire , Variorum Col- lected Studies Series 944. Farnham, Eng., and Burlington, VT: Ashgate, 2010. xxvi + 296 pp. ISBN 978-0-7546-6985-2 (hbk.). $134.95. The Variorum Collected Studies Series has long been


Max Adler

Volume-editor Mark E. Blum

-formulation. Then, one can only remove the boundary of the concept of the state from that of society when one already has a conception that the state and society are to be perceived differently. Arguing this position, Kelsen states that society is the causal concept of the union of humans under the compulsion of

Željko Šević

Book Reviews / Comparative Sociology 6 (2007) 508–520 511 © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2007 DOI: 10.1163/156913307X233728 Abinales, P.N. and Donna J. Amoroso , 2005, State and Society in the Philippines , Lenham, Boulder, New York, Toronto, Oxford: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc., xxxiv