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In this important new book, High argues that poverty reduction policies are formulated and implemented in fields of desire. Drawing on psychoanalytic understandings of desire, she shows that such programs circulate around the question of what is lacking. Far from rational responses to measures of need, then, the politics of poverty are unconscious, culturally expressed, mutually contradictory, and sometimes contrary to self-interest. Based on long-term fieldwork in a Lao village that has been the subject of multiple poverty reduction and development programs, High’s account looks at implementation on the ground. While these efforts were laudable in their aims of reducing poverty, they often failed to achieve their objectives. Local people received them with suspicion and disillusionment. Nevertheless, poverty reduction policies continued to be renewed by planners and even desired locally. High relates this to the force of aspirations among rural Lao, ambivalent understandings of power and the “post-rebellious” moment in contemporary Laos.

Table of Contents

  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
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  1. Contents
  2. p. vii
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  1. Lists of Maps and Illustrations
  2. p. viii
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  1. Acknowledgements
  2. pp. ix-xii
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  1. Note on Transcription
  2. pp. xiii-xiv
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  1. Maps
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  1. Chapter 1: Introduction Towards a Political Ethnography of Desire
  2. pp. 1-23
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  1. Chapter 2: Eat with you Power as Nurturing and Devouring
  2. pp. 24-43
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  1. Chapter 3: The Mobility of the Marginal
  2. pp. 44-68
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  1. Chapter 4: Poverty becomes you -- Black, White and Gold
  2. pp. 69-85
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  1. Chapter 5: Stories of State
  2. pp. 86-105
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  1. Chapter 6: Resurrecting the State -- “The will and desire of the people”
  2. pp. 106-124
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  1. Chapter 7: The Participatory Poverty Reduction Project
  2. pp. 125-150
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  1. Chapter 8: Mutual Aid -- Delirium and the Political Field
  2. pp. 151-168
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  1. Chapter 9: Conclusion -- Fieldnotes from the Postrevolution
  2. pp. 169-178
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 179-192
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 193-203
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 204-213
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Additional Information

ISBN
9789971697792
Related ISBN
9789971697709
MARC Record
OCLC
880354808
Pages
232
Launched on MUSE
2014-05-21
Language
English
Open Access
No
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