Anthropology of Policy: Perspectives on Governance and Power

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Arguing that policy has become an increasingly central concept and instrument in the organisation of contemporary societies and that it now impinges on all areas of life so that it is virtually impossible to ignore or escape its influence, this book argues that the study of policy leads straight into issues at the heart of anthropology.

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Argues that policy has become in increasingly central organizing principle in contemporary societies and shows how anthropological approaches to policy can provide insights into a range of contemporary issues, from health care policies in Norway to AIDS policy in Africa. Examines the emerging structures and discourses through which policy operates to introduce new neo-liberal systems of government and new forms of power. Originates from a workshop organized by Anthropology in Action at the 1994 Conference of the European Association of Social Anthropologists held in Oslo. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Table of Contents

Contributors
Preface and acknowledgements
Introduction
1 Policy: A new field of anthropology 3
2 Writing development policy and policy analysis plain or clear: On language, genre and power 43
3 The implications of 'medical', 'gender in development' and 'culturalist' discourses for HIV/AIDS policy in Africa 59
4 Patients' bodies and discourses of power 88
5 Free to make the right choice? Gender equality policy in post-welfare Sweden 107
6 The cultural politics of populism: Celebrating Canadian national identity 136
7 Governing Europe: European Union audiovisual policy and the politics of identity 165
8 Reform and resistance: A Norwegian illustration 195
9 Poverty in a 'post-welfare' landscape: Tenant management policies, self-governance and the democratization of knowledge in Great Britain 217
10 Managing Americans: Policy and changes in the meanings of work and the self 239
Epilogue
11 Anthropology and policy research: The view from Northern Ireland 261
Index 282
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