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Beyond the State in Rural Uganda$
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Ben Jones

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780748635184

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748635184.001.0001

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(p.1) 1 Introduction
Beyond the State in Rural Uganda

Ben Jones

Edinburgh University Press

This introductory chapter sets out the purpose of the book, which is to tell a story of life in a village in the Teso region of eastern Uganda. It is organised around two basic premises: first, that the Ugandan government is uninterested in supporting an effective presence in the countryside; and second, that life in Oledai is an ‘open-ended’ business, better understood through investigating a range of spaces and activities, rather than looking at the impact of government reforms. An overview of the subsequent chapters is also presented.

Keywords:   Africa, Uganda, Oledai, village, Ugandan government

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