Administrative rule is a type of rule centered on devising and implementing regulations governing how we live and how we conduct ourselves economically and politically, and sometimes culturally. The principle feature of this type of rule is the important question about how things should be arranged and for what purpose becomes a bureaucratic matter.
Histories of the global south are rarely used to explain contemporary political structures or phenomena. This book uses histories of colonial power and colonial state-making to shed light on administrative government as a form of rule. Prem Kumar Rajaram eloquently presents how administrative power is a social process and the authority and terms of rule derived are tenuous, dependent on producing unitary meaning and direction to diverse political, social and economic relationships and practices.
"It is common place these days to bemoan the depoliticization of governance in the West especially with regards to the neoliberal focus on "administration". Prem Kumar Rajaram resituates the genealogies of administrative government in the colonial world and in so doing sheds new light on its contemporary global manifestations. This book will be a challenging and rewarding read for all scholars presently concerned with the fate of the political."—Dr. Robbie Shilliam, Queen Mary University of London, UK
Introduction 1. Ruling the Margins 2. Class and the Colonial City: The Production and Administration of Kuala Lumpur 3. Of Law and Land: Producing Peasants and Landlords in Bengal 4. Representing the Margins: Colonial Art and Photographs in the Service of Depoliticisation 5. Mapping Iraq: Publics, Experts, Politics 6. "The State Needs to Protect Itself": Acts of Citizenship by Asylum-seekers in Hungary 7. Spaces of Hope: Rethinking the Purposes of Citizenship
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