Neoliberal Frontiers An Ethnography of Sovereignty in West Africa

ISBN-10: 0226100618
ISBN-13: 9780226100616
Edition: 2010
Authors: Brenda Chalfin
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List price: $30.00
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 7/15/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.968
Language: English

InNeoliberal Frontiers, Brenda Chalfin presents an ethnographic examination of the day-to-day practices of the officials of Ghana's Customs Service, exploring the impact of neoliberal restructuring and integration into the global economy on Ghanaian sovereignty. From the revealing vantage point of the Customs office, Chalfin discovers a fascinating inversion of our assumptions about neoliberal transformation: bureaucrats and local functionaries, government offices, checkpoints, and registries are typically held to be the targets of reform, but Chalfin finds that these figures and sites of authority act as the engine for changes in state sovereignty. Ghana has served as a model of reform for the neoliberal establishment, making it an ideal site for Chalfin to explore why the restructuring of a state on the global periphery portends shifts that occur in all corners of the world. At once a foray into international political economy, politics, and political anthropology,Neoliberal Frontiersis an innovative interdisciplinary leap forward for ethnographic writing, as well as an eloquent addition to the literature on postcolonial Africa.

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Acknowledgments
Introduction: Toward an Anthropology of Neoliberal Sovereignty
Customs as Effective Sovereign: State Logics across Time and Place
Anthropologies of the State: Marrying Ethnography and Political Economy
Histories and Tactics of Territorial Sovereignty: Thinking through the Border
The Sovereignty of Good Governance: Bureaucratic Contests and the Recentering of Power
The Properties of Popular Sovereignty: Customs and Corruption, Cars, and Democratic Discourse
Technologies of Sovereignty: The Politics and Phenomenology of Privatized Rule on the Maritime Frontier
Affective Sovereignty: Airport Anthropology and the Shifting Contours of Citizenship
Conclusion: Working the Border: Neoliberal Sovereignty in Comparative Perspective
Notes
References
Index

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