State Performance and Biosocial Relatedness (RELATE.LV)
The project is based on the theoretical assumption that the state is discursively constituted and brought into being, i.e., performed. This project combines recent advancements in the theory of kinship in complex societies and the theory of state performance, thus probing into the unexplored core of the contemporary state.
Over the course of 24 months, researchers will gather and analyse data obtained through ethnographic fieldwork, public texts and interviews across Latvia in order to gain insight in five different dimensions of polity: everyday life, bureaucratic encounters, genealogical past and challenges brought about by new genetic developments.
Project results will further the theoretical understanding of the phenomenon of the contemporary state as well as provide grounds for adjusting the formal structure of the state to informally existing presuppositions and practices.
- Research platform development
- Data gathering and analysis
- Theoretical and practical implications