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Policy worlds: anthropology and the analysis of contemporary power

Policy worlds: anthropology and the analysis of contemporary power

Pero, Davide; Shore, Cris, 1959-; Wright, Susan, 1951-

An instrument of modern government, policy and its processes provides an analytical window into the systems of governance themselves. This volume argues that policies are productive, continually contested, and able to create new social and semantic spaces and new sets of relations. There are few areas of society today that remain outside the ambit of policy processes, and likewise policy making has progressively reached into the structure and fabric of everyday life. An instrument of modern government, policy and its processes provide an analytical window into systems of governance themselves, opening up ways to study power and the construction of regimes of truth. This volume argues that policies are not simply coercive, constraining or confined to static texts; rather, they are productive, continually contested and able to create new social and semantic spaces and new sets of relations. Anthropologists do not stand outside or above systems of governance but are themselves subject to the rhetoric and rationalities of policy. The analyses of policy worlds presented by the contributors to this volume open up new possibilities for understanding systems of knowledge and power and the positioning of academics within them

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Published Oxford: Berghahn, 2011

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Statement of responsibility: edited by Cris Shore, Susan Wright and Davide Pero
ISBN: 0857451170, 9780857451170
Note: Formerly CIP.
Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Physical Description: vi, 343 p.
Series: EASA series ; v. 14
Subject: Politics and Government; Social & cultural anthropology; Political science & theory; Politics & government; Central / national / federal government policies; Political anthropology.
Reproduction: Electronic reproduction. Askews and Holts. Mode of access: World Wide Web.
Series Title: EASA series ; v. 14.
Other formats: Also available in printed form ISBN 9780857451163