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About the Book: Red Tape: Bureaucracy, Structural Violence, and Poverty in India Red Tape presents a major new theory of the state developed bythe renowned anthropologist Akhil Gupta. Seeking to understand thechronic and widespread poverty in India, the world's fourth largesteconomy, Gupta conceives of the relation between the state in Indiaand the poor as one of structura About the Book: Red Tape: Bureaucracy, Structural Violence, and Poverty in India Red Tape presents a major new theory of the state developed bythe renowned anthropologist Akhil Gupta. Seeking to understand thechronic and widespread poverty in India, the world's fourth largesteconomy, Gupta conceives of the relation between the state in Indiaand the poor as one of structural violence. Every year thisviolence kills between two and three million people, especiallywomen and girls, and lower-caste and indigenous peoples. YetIndia's poor are not disenfranchised; they actively participate inthe democratic project. Nor is the state indifferent to the plightof the poor; it sponsors many poverty amelioration programs. Gupta conducted ethnographic research among officials chargedwith coordinating development programs in rural Uttar Pradesh.Drawing on that research, he offers insightful analyses ofcorruption; the significance of writing and written records; andgovernmentality, or the expansion of bureaucracies. Those analysesunderlie his argument that care is arbitrary in its consequences,and that arbitrariness is systematically produced by the verymechanisms that are meant to ameliorate social suffering. What mustbe explained is not only why government programs aimed at providingnutrition, employment, housing, healthcare, and education to poorpeople do not succeed in their objectives, but also why, when theydo succeed, they do so unevenly and erratically. This book will be of interest to students and practitioners insociology, anthropology, politics, geography, economics,development studies, and literature. Its insights into bureaucracyand development will provide essential inputs to policy makers,administrators, and people who work in the non-governmentalsector. Contents Acknowledgments Part One. Introduction 1. Poverty as Biopolitics 2. The State and the Politics of Poverty Part Two. Corruption 3. Corruption, Politics, and the Imagined State 4. Narratives of Corruption Par


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About the Book: Red Tape: Bureaucracy, Structural Violence, and Poverty in India Red Tape presents a major new theory of the state developed bythe renowned anthropologist Akhil Gupta. Seeking to understand thechronic and widespread poverty in India, the world's fourth largesteconomy, Gupta conceives of the relation between the state in Indiaand the poor as one of structura About the Book: Red Tape: Bureaucracy, Structural Violence, and Poverty in India Red Tape presents a major new theory of the state developed bythe renowned anthropologist Akhil Gupta. Seeking to understand thechronic and widespread poverty in India, the world's fourth largesteconomy, Gupta conceives of the relation between the state in Indiaand the poor as one of structural violence. Every year thisviolence kills between two and three million people, especiallywomen and girls, and lower-caste and indigenous peoples. YetIndia's poor are not disenfranchised; they actively participate inthe democratic project. Nor is the state indifferent to the plightof the poor; it sponsors many poverty amelioration programs. Gupta conducted ethnographic research among officials chargedwith coordinating development programs in rural Uttar Pradesh.Drawing on that research, he offers insightful analyses ofcorruption; the significance of writing and written records; andgovernmentality, or the expansion of bureaucracies. Those analysesunderlie his argument that care is arbitrary in its consequences,and that arbitrariness is systematically produced by the verymechanisms that are meant to ameliorate social suffering. What mustbe explained is not only why government programs aimed at providingnutrition, employment, housing, healthcare, and education to poorpeople do not succeed in their objectives, but also why, when theydo succeed, they do so unevenly and erratically. This book will be of interest to students and practitioners insociology, anthropology, politics, geography, economics,development studies, and literature. Its insights into bureaucracyand development will provide essential inputs to policy makers,administrators, and people who work in the non-governmentalsector. Contents Acknowledgments Part One. Introduction 1. Poverty as Biopolitics 2. The State and the Politics of Poverty Part Two. Corruption 3. Corruption, Politics, and the Imagined State 4. Narratives of Corruption Par

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