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    DescriptionDevelopment, 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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    Title
    The Anti-politics Machine
    Subtitle
    Development, Depoliticization and Bureaucratic Power in Lesotho
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) James Ferguson
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 336
    Width: 150 mm
    Height: 226 mm
    Thickness: 20 mm
    Weight: 431 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780816624379
    ISBN 10: 0816624372
    Classifications

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: ECO
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S3.0
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    BIC subject category V2: KC, GTF, JPH
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 27400
    B&T General Subject: 180
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    Libri: I-SO
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    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 09
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 02
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    BISAC V2.8: BUS070000
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1HFML
    B&T Approval Code: A45607000
    LC subject heading:
    DC20: 330.96885
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    DC22: 338.1/86885
    LC classification: HD2132.Z8 F47 1994
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    LC classification: HD2132.Z8F
    BIC subject category V2: 1HFML
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    Edition
    New edition
    Edition statement
    New edition
    Publisher
    University of Minnesota Press
    Imprint name
    University of Minnesota Press
    Publication date
    01 February 1994
    Publication City/Country
    Minneapolis