The State Bearing Gifts

The State Bearing Gifts

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Using Japanese higher education as a case study, author Brian J. McVeigh explores the varieties of 'exchange dramatics' among the Education Ministry, universities, faculty, and students. With one eye on large-scale processes and the other on everyday practices, he elucidates trafficking between micro- and macro-levels and key concepts of 'value, ' 'exchange, ' and 'role performance' by studying how political economy configures dramatization and deception at the everyday level. Relying on extensive ethnographic participant observation and the notion of the 'gift, ' McVeigh challenges the commonly accepted idea of 'social contract' for understanding state-society relations. Written to be read as both a political and philosophical commentary and anthropological investigation, this work has theoretical implications for comparative studies of political systems, particularly regarding the relation between self-deception and the ideological manufacture of legitimaThe Politics of Pretending The tale of the Trojan Horse is about deception and gift -giving. Indeed, the story tells a tale of dramatic, multiple ruses revolving around a single aquot;giftaquot;: the Greeks staged a withdrawal, they pretended to give a presentanbsp;...

Title:The State Bearing Gifts
Author:Brian J. McVeigh
Publisher:Lexington Books - 2006-01-01


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