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An Analysis of James Ferguson's The Anti-Politics Machine By Julie Jenkins

An Analysis of James Ferguson's The Anti-Politics Machine by Julie Jenkins

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Summary

The Anti-Politics Machine (1990) examines how international development projects are conceived, researched, and put into practice. It also looks at what these projects actually achieve.

An Analysis of James Ferguson's The Anti-Politics Machine Summary

An Analysis of James Ferguson's The Anti-Politics Machine by Julie Jenkins

The Anti-Politics Machine (1990) examines how international development projects are conceived, researched, and put into practice. It also looks at what these projects actually achieve. Ferguson criticizes the idea of externally-directed 'development' and argues that the process doesn't take proper account of the daily realities of the communities it is intended to benefit. Instead, they often prioritize technical solutions for addressing poverty and ignoring its social and political dimensions, so the structures that these projects put in place often have unintended consequences. Ferguson suggests that until the process becomes more reflective, development projects will continue to fail.

About Julie Jenkins

Dr Julie Jenkins holds an MSc in anthropology and development from the London School of Economics and a PhD in social anthropology from the University of Sussex. She has been a visiting professor at Ball State University and Washington & Lee University, teaching courses on globalization and international development.

Table of Contents

Ways in to the Text

Who was James Ferguson?

What does The Anti-Politics Machine Say?

Why does The Anti-Politics Machine Matter?

Section 1: Influences

Module 1: The Author and the Historical Context

Module 2: Academic Context

Module 3: The Problem

Module 4: The Author's Contribution

Section 2: Ideas

Module 5: Main Ideas

Module 6: Secondary Ideas

Module 7: Achievement

Module 8: Place in the Author's Work

Section 3: Impact

Module 9: The First Responses

Module 10: The Evolving Debate

Module 11: Impact and Influence Today

Module 12: Where Next?

Glossary of Terms

People Mentioned in the Text

Works Cited

Additional information

NGR9781912128600
9781912128600
1912128608
An Analysis of James Ferguson's The Anti-Politics Machine by Julie Jenkins
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Paperback
Macat International Limited
2017-07-05
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