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Anti-Politics Machine: "Development," Depoliticization, and Bureaucratic Power in Lesotho

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Development, it is generally assumed, is good and necessary, and in its name the West has intervened, implementing all manner of projects in the impoverished regions of the world. When these projects fail, as they do with astonishing regularity, they nonetheless produce a host of regular and unacknowledged effects, including the expansion of bureaucratic state power and the translation of the political realities of poverty and powerlessness into "technical" problems awaiting solution by "development" agencies and experts. It is the political intelligibility of these effects, along with the process that produces them, that this book seeks to illuminate through a detailed case study of the workings of the "development" industry in one country, Lesotho, and in one "development" project. Using an anthropological approach grounded in the work of Foucault, James Ferguson analyzes the institutional framework within which such projects are crafted and the nature of "development discourse," revealing how it is that, despite all the "expertise" that goes into formulating development projects, they nonetheless often demonstrate a startling ignorance of the historical and political realities of the locale they are intended to help. In a close examination of the attempted implementation of the Thaba-Tseka project in Lesotho, Ferguson shows how such a misguided approach plays out, how, in fact, the "development" apparatus in Lesotho acts as an "anti-politics machine," everywhere whisking political realities out of sight and all the while performing, almost unnoticed, its own pre-eminently political operation of strengthening the state presence in the local region.James Ferguson is an associate professor of anthropology at the University of California at Irvine.

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Includes bibliographical references (p. 304-313) and index.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780816624379
Author:
Ferguson, James
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
Location:
Minneapolis :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Industries
Subject:
Bureaucracy
Subject:
Economic Conditions
Subject:
Regional Planning
Subject:
Lesotho
Subject:
Decentralization in government
Subject:
Rural development projects.
Subject:
Decentralization in government -- Lesotho.
Subject:
Industries - General
Subject:
Rural development projects - Lesotho -
Subject:
Thaba Tseka Rural Development Program
Subject:
Business Writing
Copyright:
Edition Description:
1
Series Volume:
77
Publication Date:
19940231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
2 maps, 24 line drawings, 12 tables
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
9.00 x 5.88 in

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