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Seeing the State

Seeing the State
Governance and Governmentality in India

$129.00 (C)

Part of Contemporary South Asia

  • Date Published: November 2005
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521834797

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  • Poor people confront the state on an everyday basis all over the world. But how do they see the state? This book considers the Indian example where people's accounts, in particular in the countryside, are shaped by encounters staged at the local level, and are also informed by ideas circulated by the government and the broader development community. Drawing extensively on fieldwork conducted in eastern India, the authors review a series of key debates in development studies on participation, good governance, and the structuring of political society in South Asia.

    • The book engages major debates on poverty, politics and governance
    • Focuses on South Asia, but looks broadly and analytically across a range of disciplines, including development studies, sociology, anthropology and history
    • Engagingly written by four of the leading figures in their fields for students, scholars and professionals
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    Product details

    • Date Published: November 2005
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521834797
    • length: 334 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 158 x 25 mm
    • weight: 0.658kg
    • contains: 16 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. The State and the Poor:
    1. Seeing the state
    2. Technologies of rule and the war on poverty
    Part II. The Everyday State and Society:
    3. Meeting the state
    4. Participation
    5. Governance
    6. Political society
    Part III. The Poor and the State:
    7. Protesting the state
    8. Postcolonialism, development studies and spaces of empowerment
    9. Postscript: development ethics and the ethics of critique.

  • Authors

    Stuart Corbridge, London School of Economics and Political Science
    Stuart Corbridge is Professor of Geography at the London School of Economics and at the University of Miami. His recent publications include Reinventing India (with John Harriss, 2000).

    Glyn Williams, King's College London
    Glyn Williams is Lecturer in Geography at Keele University. He is the co-editor of a collection of essays on South Asia in a Globalising World (2002).

    Manoj Srivastava, London School of Economics and Political Science
    Manoj Srivastava is a Research Associate in the Crisis State Programme, Development Studies Institute, London School of Economics.

    René Véron, University of Guelph, Ontario
    Rene Veron is Assistant Professor in Geography at the University of Guelph, Ontario. He is the author of Real Markets and Environmental Change in Kerala (1999).

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