Anthropology of Policy: Perspectives on Governance and Power

Anthropology of Policy: Perspectives on Governance and Power

by Cris Shore
     
 

ISBN-10: 0415132207

ISBN-13: 9780415132206

Pub. Date: 09/18/1997

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

IAnthropology of Policy argues that policy has become an increasingly central organizing principle in contemporary societies, shaping the way we live, act and think. This book shows how anthropological approaches to policy can provide insights into a range of

contemporary issues, from equal opportunities to health care, from AIDS to housing policies. Despite

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IAnthropology of Policy argues that policy has become an increasingly central organizing principle in contemporary societies, shaping the way we live, act and think. This book shows how anthropological approaches to policy can provide insights into a range of

contemporary issues, from equal opportunities to health care, from AIDS to housing policies. Despite the importance of policy as a key institution of modern society, it remains curiously under-theorized and lacking in critical analysis.

In questioning and explaining policy's

language and its links with power, the contributors challenge the accepted notion of policy as rational and progressively linear and pave the way for further research.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415132206
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
09/18/1997
Series:
European Association of Social Anthropologists Series
Pages:
312
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.81(d)
Lexile:
1440L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

Contributors
Preface and acknowledgements
Introduction
1Policy: A new field of anthropology3
2Writing development policy and policy analysis plain or clear: On language, genre and power43
3The implications of 'medical', 'gender in development' and 'culturalist' discourses for HIV/AIDS policy in Africa59
4Patients' bodies and discourses of power88
5Free to make the right choice? Gender equality policy in post-welfare Sweden107
6The cultural politics of populism: Celebrating Canadian national identity136
7Governing Europe: European Union audiovisual policy and the politics of identity165
8Reform and resistance: A Norwegian illustration195
9Poverty in a 'post-welfare' landscape: Tenant management policies, self-governance and the democratization of knowledge in Great Britain217
10Managing Americans: Policy and changes in the meanings of work and the self239
Epilogue
11Anthropology and policy research: The view from Northern Ireland261
Index282

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