The Schematic State Race, Transnationalism, and the Politics of the Census

Politics, Sociology

The Schematic State: Race, Transnationalism, and the Politics of the Census by Debra Thompson
Craig Brandist, Katya Chown, “Politics and the Theory of Language in the USSR 1917-1938: The Birth of Sociological Linguistics”
Carl J. Richard, “When the United States Invaded Russia: Woodrow Wilson’s Siberian Disaster”
Elyse Semerdijan, “”Off the Straight Path”: Illicit Sex, Law, and Community in Ottoman Aleppo”
Maria Theresia Starzmann, John R. Roby, “Excavating Memory: Sites of Remembering and Forgetting”

The Schematic State: Race, Transnationalism, and the Politics of the Census by Debra Thompson

English | 2016 | ISBN: 1107130980 | 328 pages | PDF | 2,5 MB
By examining the political development of racial classifications on the national censuses of the United States, Canada, and Great Britain, The Schematic State maps the changing nature of the census from an instrument historically used to manage and control racial populations to its contemporary purpose as an important source of statistical information, employed to monitor and rectify racial discrimination. Through a careful comparative analysis of nearly two hundred years of census taking, it demonstrates that changes in racial schemas are driven by the interactions among shifting transnational ideas about race, the ways they are tempered and translated by nationally distinct racial projects, and the configuration of political institutions involved in the design and execution of census policy. This book argues that states seek to make their populations racially legible, turning the fluid and politically contested substance of race into stable, identifiable categories to be used as the basis of law and policy.

Craig Brandist, Katya Chown, “Politics and the Theory of Language in the USSR 1917-1938: The Birth of Sociological Linguistics”

English | ISBN: 1843318407, 0857284045 | 2010 | 206 pages | PDF | 3 MB
‘Politics and the Theory of Language in the USSR 1917-1938’ provides ground-breaking research into the relationship between linguistic theory and politics during the first two decades of the USSR. This work introduces some of the era’s most notable figures whose achievements have been largely overlooked in the West, and provides a thought-provoking discussion of the innovative approaches they developed. Some of these insights still have a progressive role to play in scholarship today.

Carl J. Richard, “When the United States Invaded Russia: Woodrow Wilson’s Siberian Disaster”

2013 | ISBN: 1442219890 | English | 152 pages | PDF | 6 MB
In a little-known episode at the height of World War I, President Woodrow Wilson dispatched thousands of American soldiers to Siberia. Carl J. Richard convincingly shows that Wilson’s original intent was to enable Czechs and anti-Bolshevik Russians to rebuild the Eastern Front against the Central Powers. But Wilson continued the intervention for a year and a half after the armistice in order to overthrow the Bolsheviks and to prevent the Japanese from absorbing eastern Siberia. As Wilson and the Allies failed to formulate a successful Russian policy at the Paris Peace Conference, American doughboys suffered great hardships on the bleak plains of Siberia.
Richard argues that Wilson’s Siberian intervention ironically strengthened the Bolshevik regime it was intended to topple. Its tragic legacy can be found in the seeds of World War II—which began with an alliance between Germany and the Soviet Union, the two nations most aggrieved by Allied treatment after World War I—and in the Cold War, a forty-five year period in which the world held its collective breath over the possibility of nuclear annihilation.
One of the earliest U.S. counterinsurgency campaigns outside the Western Hemisphere, the Siberian intervention was a harbinger of policies to come. Richard notes that it teaches invaluable lessons about the extreme difficulties inherent in interventions and about the absolute need to secure widespread support on the ground if such campaigns are to achieve success, knowledge that U.S. policymakers tragically ignored in Vietnam and have later struggled to implement in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Elyse Semerdijan, “”Off the Straight Path”: Illicit Sex, Law, and Community in Ottoman Aleppo”

Maria Theresia Starzmann, John R. Roby, “Excavating Memory: Sites of Remembering and Forgetting”
2015 | ISBN-10: 0813061601 | 528 pages | PDF | 54 MB
In this compelling study, Maria Theresia Starzmann and John Roby bring together an international cast of experts who move beyond the traditional framework of the “”constructed past”” to look at not only how the past is remembered but also who remembers it. They convincingly argue that memory is a complex process, shaped by remembering and forgetting, inscription and erasure, presence and absence. Collective memory influences which stories are told over others, ultimately shaping narratives about identity, family, and culture.
This interdisciplinary volume-melding anthropology, archaeology, sociology, history, philosophy, literature, and archival studies-explores such diverse arenas as archaeological objects, human remains, colonial landscapes, public protests, national memorials, art installations, testimonies, and even digital space as places of memory. Examining important sites of memory, including the Victory Memorial to Soviet Army, Blair Mountain, Spanish penitentiaries, African shrines, and the U.S.-Mexico borderlands, the contributors highlight the myriad ways communities reinforce or reinterpret their pasts.

Maria Theresia Starzmann, John R. Roby, “Excavating Memory: Sites of Remembering and Forgetting”

2015 | ISBN-10: 0813061601 | 528 pages | PDF | 54 MB
In this compelling study, Maria Theresia Starzmann and John Roby bring together an international cast of experts who move beyond the traditional framework of the “”constructed past”” to look at not only how the past is remembered but also who remembers it. They convincingly argue that memory is a complex process, shaped by remembering and forgetting, inscription and erasure, presence and absence. Collective memory influences which stories are told over others, ultimately shaping narratives about identity, family, and culture.
This interdisciplinary volume-melding anthropology, archaeology, sociology, history, philosophy, literature, and archival studies-explores such diverse arenas as archaeological objects, human remains, colonial landscapes, public protests, national memorials, art installations, testimonies, and even digital space as places of memory. Examining important sites of memory, including the Victory Memorial to Soviet Army, Blair Mountain, Spanish penitentiaries, African shrines, and the U.S.-Mexico borderlands, the contributors highlight the myriad ways communities reinforce or reinterpret their pasts.

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