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The Everyday State in Africa Governance Practices and State Ideas in Ethiopia

By Daniel Mulugeta Copyright 2020
    ISBN 9781032174921
    200 Pages
    Published September 30, 2021 by Routledge

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    This book reconceptualises the idea of the state in Ethiopia. It focuses on the cultural and political processes of state formation, and reveals the complexity of state–society relations as they unfold in the everyday context of local life. It does so by exploring specific configurations of governance practices, development activities and discourses, and bureaucratic representations that are rooted in the ongoing contingencies of power relations and social contexts. The book places the lives, subjectivities, and experiences of farmers, pastoralists, women, traders, shopkeepers, daily labourers, the rural youth, state functionaries, and NGO workers in two rural localities in different regions of Ethiopia at the centre of ethnographic enquiry.

    The book offers a rich and compelling ethnographic account while making distinctive theoretical contributions to the analysis of the state in Africa. It foregrounds the Ethiopian experience as an important component of the politics of everyday life in Africa, at the same time as making important linkages between Ethiopia and politics in the rest of the continent that are often overlooked in Ethiopia-specific studies. Providing an invaluable insight into the workings of the state in Ethiopia, it will be of interest to scholars of state, society, development, governance, and African politics. 

    1. Introduction  2. Contested Conceptualisations of Ethiopian Statehood  3. The Performative and Affective Impulses of Bureaucratic State Power  4. Boundary-making: The Construction of State-Society Distinction  5. Corruption Discourses, Moral Idioms, and the Ideals of Mengist  6. Demystifying the State: Boundary Crossing  7. State-territorialisation and Sedentarisation in Borana  8. Development, Class, and State Power: Patterns of Stratification  9. Development Talks, Practices, and State Imagination  10. Governance Practices and State Ideas 


    Daniel Mulugeta is a postdoctoral researcher at SOAS University of London, UK.

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