This volume examines political, ethnic, and personal trust and betrayals in modern times from Mozambique to the Taiwan Straits, from the former Eastern Bloc to the West Bank, revealing that treachery is a constant and essential part of the processes through which social and political order is reproduced.
2009 | 312 pages | Cloth $45.00 | Paper $27.50
Anthropology / Political Science
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Table of Contents
Introduction: Specters of Treason
1 Xiconhoca: Mozambique's Ubiquitous Post-Independence Traitor
2 Denunciatory Practices and the Constitutive Role of Collaboration in the Bangladesh War
3 Intimacy, Loyalty, and State Formation: The Specter of the ''Anti-National''
—Richard W. Whitecross
4 Traitors, Terror, and Regime Consolidation on the Two Sides of the Taiwan Straits: ''Revolutionaries'' and ''Reactionaries'' from 1949 to 1956
—Julia C. Strauss
5 Betraying Trust and the Elusive Nature of Ethnicity in Burundi
6 In Praise of Traitors: Intimacy, Betrayal, and the Sri Lankan Tamil Community
7 Treason and Contested Moralities in a Coloured Township, Cape Town
8 In a Treacherous State: The Fear of Collaboration Among West Bank Palestinians
9 The Glass Agency: Iranian War Veterans as Heroes or Traitors?
10 The Man in the White Raincoat: Betrayal and the Historian's Task
Afterword: Questions of Judgment
List of Contributors