By Michæl Meeker
To know how this type of state-oriented provincial oligarchy used to be produced and reproduced alongside the japanese Black coastline, Meeker integrates a modern ethnographic examine of public lifestyles in cities and villages with a historic examine of legitimate files, consular stories, and go back and forth narratives.
A state of Empire provides anthropologists, historians, and scholars of jap Europe and the center East with a brand new knowing of the complexities and contradictions of contemporary Turkish experience.
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12 for the signiﬁcance of this move. Clan-Society and Nation-State / 13 from the Muradog˘lu and Selimog˘lu. These were towns where popular participation in public life was not so much under the regulation of the state system as under the regulation of a social system internal to the district of Of. Or so it seemed to me during the ﬁrst period of my ﬁeldwork. the ethnographic analysis of a clan-society Soon after my return to the district in 1966, I began to consider how best to understand the Selimog˘lu and Muradog˘lu as local social formations.
Aghas and Clans Questioning my acquaintances in the town of Of, I began to piece together a picture of leading individuals from large family groupings during the late Ottoman Empire. Since it appeared they had been even more socially prominent and politically powerful at that time, I assumed the local social order had been more assertive during the old imperial regime than during the new nationalist regime. 34 Some of my interlocutors believed that the backing of a large clan was necessary for someone to qualify as an agha, and, consistent with this presumption, they designated those large families that had once been the base of their support as “agha-families” (ag˘a akrabası).
Throughout the ﬁnal decades of the Ottoman Empire, they usually monopolized the higher ofﬁcial positions open to locals. More often than not, they were able to intimidate, if not coerce, local representatives of the provincial government. After the declaration of the Turkish Republic, the two families were set back politically for only a few years. Toward the end of the one-party system, from 1945 on, leading individuals from the Muradog˘lu and Selimog˘lu rose in prominence through participation in political parties.