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Beyond the State in Rural Uganda

Ben Jones


This book argues that scholars too often assume that the state is the most important force behind change in local political communities in Africa. Studies look to the state, and to the impact of government reforms, as ways of understanding processes of development and change. Using the example of Uganda, regarded as one of Africa's few ‘success stories’, the book chronicles the insignificance of the state and the marginal impact of Western development agencies. Extensive ethnographic fieldwork in a Ugandan village reveals that it is churches, the village court and organizations based on family ... More

Keywords: state, political communities, Africa, Uganda, village, village court churches, family, kinships

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780748635184
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748635184.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ben Jones, author