Contents: Introduction: Rethinking theories of the state in an age of globalization; Part I: Theoretical genealogies: Introduction; Bureaucracy / Max Weber; State and civil society / Antonio Gramsci; Ideology and ideological state apparatuses (Notes towards an investigation) / Louis Althusser; Notes on the difficulty of studying the state / Philip Abrams; Governmentality / Michel Foucault; Governing 'advanced' liberal democracies / Nikolas Rose; Part II: Ethnographic mappings: Section I. Bureaucracy and governmentality: Society, economy, and the state effect / Timothy Mitchell; Finding the man in the state / Wendy Brown; Blurred boundaries : the discourse of corruption, the culture of politics, and the imagined state / Akhil Gupta; Section II. Planning and development: Cities, people, and language / James C. Scott; The anti-politics machine / James Ferguson; Section III. Violence, law, and citizenship: Making war at home in the United States: militarization and the current crisis / Catherine Lutz; Cultural logics of belonging and movement: transnationalism, naturalization, and U.S. immigration politics / Susan Bibler Coutin; The public/private mirage: mapping homes and undomesticating violence work in the South Asian immigrant community / Anannya Bhattacharjee; Section IV. Popular culture: Popular culture and the state / Stuart Hall; The banality of power and the aesthetics of vulgarity in the postcolony / Achille Membe; Index.