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Rituals of National Loyalty

Rituals of National Loyalty
Author: Katherine A. Bowie
ISBN 13: 9780231103916
ISBN 10: 231103913
Edition: N/A
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication Date: 1997-04-15
Format: Paperback
Pages: 392
List Price: $38.00

This book bridges both the macro and micro levels of analysis to place the dynamics of a national political movement within a richly detailed account of its working at the village level.

Rita Smith Kipp

With this chilling, meticulous study of how ideology begets hysteria, Bowie sets a new standard in the anthropology of the state. She traces the origins and growth of a conservative social movement and plumbs the popular, emotional appeal of its central rite of initiation. Bowie´s eyewitness account of this ritual of indoctrination and the politics of class in a developing nation informs the ongoing debate about hegemony and agency.