Comparative Studies in Society and History (CSSH) is a forum for new research and interpretation concerning problems of recurrent patterning and change in human societies through time and in the contemporary world. Now in its fifty-seventh year, CSSH sets up a working alliance among specialists in all branches of the social sciences and humanities. Review articles and discussions bring readers into touch with current findings and issues.


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Volume 57 Number 3 July 2015

Editorial Foreword

Building Weak States

DARAGH GRANT   “Civilizing” the Colonial Subject: The Co-Evolution of State and Slavery in South Carolina, 1670–1739

BESNIK PULA   Institutionalizing a Weak State: Law and Jurisdictional Conflict between Bureaucratic and Communal Institutions in the Albanian Highlands

Alternative War Stories

JEREMY E. TAYLOR   Republican Personality Cults in Wartime China: Contradistinction and Collaboration

TOBIAS KELLY   Citizenship, Cowardice, and Freedom of Conscience: British Pacifists in the Second World War

Spectacle as Moral Economy

JULIEN BRACHET and JUDITH SCHEELE   Fleeting Glory in a Wasteland: Wealth, Politics, and Autonomy in Northern Chad

FLORENCE BERNAULT   Aesthetics of Acquisition: Notes on the Transactional Life of Persons and Things in Gabon


GRANT ARNDT   Voices and Votes in the Fields of Settler Society: American Indian Media and Electoral Politics in 1930s Wisconsin

SERGIO MIGUEL HUARCAYA   Performativity, Performance, and Indigenous Activism in Ecuador and the Andes

PAJA FAUDREE   Tales from the Land of Magic Plants: Textual Ideologies and Fetishes of Indigeneity in Mexico’s Sierra Mazateca

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