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    In 1983 Benedict Anderson's Imagined Communities revolutionized
    the anthropology of nationalism. Anderson argued that "print
    capitalism" fostered nations as imagined communities in a modular
    form that became the culture of modernity.

    Now, in Represented Communities, John D. Kelly and Martha Kaplan
    offer an extensive and devastating critique of Anderson's
    depictions of colonial history, his comparative method, and his
    political anthropology. The authors build a forceful argument
    around events in Fiji from World War II to the 2000 coups,
    showing how focus on "imagined communities" underestimates
    colonial history and obscures the struggle over legal rights and
    political representation in postcolonial nation-states. They show
    that the "self-determining" nation-state actually emerged with
    the postwar construction of the United Nations, fundamentally
    changing the politics of representation.

    Sophisticated and impassioned, this book will further
    anthropology's contribution to the understanding of contemporary
    nationalisms.

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