Government Of Development: Peasants And Politicians In Postcolonial Tanzania

Paperback | September 17, 2014

byLeander Schneider

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What drives state officials to force development projects on resisting "beneficiary" populations? In his new analysis of the Tanzanian state's 1960s and 1970s campaign to settle the country's rural population in socialist villages, Leander Schneider traces the discourses and practices that authorized state officials to direct the lives of peasants-by coercive means if necessary. Government of Development shows that the practices constituting this project's mode of government far exceeded political elites' pursuit of their own narrow interests, the go-to explanation for many accounts of similar instances of authoritarian rule and developmental failures in Africa and beyond.

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What drives state officials to force development projects on resisting "beneficiary" populations? In his new analysis of the Tanzanian state's 1960s and 1970s campaign to settle the country's rural population in socialist villages, Leander Schneider traces the discourses and practices that authorized state officials to direct the lives...

Leander Schneider is Associate Professor of Political Science at Concordia University.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:246 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.68 inPublished:September 17, 2014Publisher:Indiana University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0253013992

ISBN - 13:9780253013996

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Introduction

1. The Ruvuma Development Association: Tanzania's New Model Villages
2. Culture Clash: The Destruction of the Ruvuma Development Association
3. Chronicle of a Failure Foretold: State Officials' Developmentalist Authority in Action
4. Planning the Future: A Practice and Its Authority-Effects
5. The World of Officials in the Trenches, Potemkin Villages, and Criticism as Treason
6. The Brave Parsimonious World of Materialist-Utilitarian Analysis
Epilogue

Notes
References
Index

Editorial Reviews

"All students of Africa and of development should read Leander Schneider's superb analysis of Tanzanian rural policy under Nyerere. First, it sits absolutely atop the mountain of other studies of villagisation by virtue of its empirical mastery and analytical subtlety. Second, it represents a devastating critique of the fatal methodological simplifications that plague much of contemporary social science." -James C. Scott, Yale University