Markets Of Dispossession: Ngos, Economic Development, And The State In Cairo by Julia ElyacharMarkets Of Dispossession: Ngos, Economic Development, And The State In Cairo by Julia Elyachar

Markets Of Dispossession: Ngos, Economic Development, And The State In Cairo

byJulia Elyachar

Paperback | November 30, 2005

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What happens when the market tries to help the poor? In many parts of the world today, neoliberal development programs are offering ordinary people the tools of free enterprise as the means to well-being and empowerment. Schemes to transform the poor into small-scale entrepreneurs promise them the benefits of the market and access to the rewards of globalization. "Markets of Dispossession" is a theoretically sophisticated and sobering account of the consequences of these initiatives.

Julia Elyachar studied the efforts of bankers, social scientists, ngo members, development workers, and state officials to turn the craftsmen and unemployed youth of Cairo into the vanguard of a new market society based on microenterprise. She considers these efforts in relation to the alternative notions of economic success held by craftsmen in Cairo, in which short-term financial profit is not always highly valued. Through her careful ethnography of workshop life, Elyachar explains how the traditional market practices of craftsmen are among the most vibrant modes of market life in Egypt. Long condemned as backward, these existing market practices have been seized on by social scientists and development institutions as the raw materials for experiments in "free market" expansion. Elyachar argues that the new economic value accorded to the cultural resources and social networks of the poor has fueled a broader process leading to their economic, social, and cultural dispossession.

Title:Markets Of Dispossession: Ngos, Economic Development, And The State In CairoFormat:PaperbackDimensions:279 pages, 9.2 × 6.04 × 0.78 inPublished:November 30, 2005Publisher:Duke University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0822335719

ISBN - 13:9780822335719


Editorial Reviews

""Markets of Dispossession" is an example of serious scholarship with an attention to historical details, ethnographical imagination, and social scientific richness. . . . Elyachar's work will serve as an essential source for economists, political scientists, anthropologists, and sociologists who want to understand poverty, development, neo-liberalism, and markets. "Markets of Dispossession" should be boughtby all serious libraries, can be used in teaching, and should be consulted by all scholars in social sciences. It is going to be a classic in economic anthropology." --Koray calişkan, "Arab Studies Journal"