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Reading space, society and history in Asia through its ruins, edited by Mona Chettri and Michael Eilenberg (IIAS Newsletter, No. 82, 2019).


Frontier Assemblages edited by Jason Cons and Michael Eilenberg (Antipode Book Series, Wiley Blackwell, 2019).

'Cons and Eilenberg’s Frontier Assemblages is a collection of richly textured essays tracing the incorporation of remote areas into new territorial formations in the context of Asia. Framed through the notion of assemblage, the collection speaks to the complexity, lability, and nonlinearity of these transformative processes. It will be essential reading for border scholars and specialists of Asia alike.'Franck Billé, University of California, Berkeley.

'This fascinating collection sheds new light on the varied dynamics of frontier-making across a diverse and sometimes surprising set of spaces in Asia. It is especially strong on frontier temporalities of anticipation and ruin, and on the productive (not just extractive) work of resource frontiers. Frontier Assemblages is highly stimulating, analytically rich, and not to be missed.' Derek Hall, Wilfrid Laurier University.


Rule and Rupture edited by Christian Lund and Michael Eilenberg (Development and Change Book Series, Wiley Blackwell, 2017).

’Rule and Rupture begins with a striking and original point of departure: the realization that the disposition of property and of the rights of membership in the political community are what constitute public authority. The volume fully realizes its promise in the subtle analysis of both failure and success in case studies. Henceforth I will insist that students read Lund and Eilenberg’s path-breaking book on state-formation in conjunction with the classical text of Max Weber.’
James C. Scott, Sterling Professor of Political Science, Yale University, USA 

‘Rule and Rupture provides a fresh and powerful empirical analytic of State formation. By focusing on the dialects of recognition that create both authorities and rights holders, the volume shows us how society is constituted through multiple social contracts. The book offers a truly new and exciting approach to the material study of society and social change.’
Jesse Ribot, Professor of Geography, University of Illinois, USA