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The Anti-Politics Machine: Development, Depoliticization, and Bureaucratic Power in Lesotho
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Univ of Minnesota Pr
Publication date January 1, 1994
Binding Paperback
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780816624379
ISBN-10 0816624372
Dimensions 0.75 by 6.25 by 9.25 in.
Weight 1.05 lbs.
Original list price $22.50
Other format details university press
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Amazon.com description: Product Description: 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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Hardcover
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from Cambridge Univ Pr (July 1, 1990)
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About: A case study of development in the Thaba-Tseka district of Lesotho during the period 1975 to 1984, which looks at the workings of the development industry in the country, and in particular at one development project.
Paperback
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from Univ of Minnesota Pr (January 1, 1994)
9780816624379 | details & prices | 6.25 × 9.25 × 0.75 in. | 1.05 lbs | List price $22.50
About: 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.

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