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Title: The everyday state in Africa : governance practices and the construction of state-idea in Ethiopia
Author: Gebrie, Daniel Mulugeta
ISNI:       0000 0004 6497 6854
Awarding Body: University of Sheffield
Current Institution: University of Sheffield
Date of Award: 2017
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This thesis provides an empirical illustration of the state in Africa through the experiences of people living in two rural localities in different regions of Ethiopia. It investigates how the state in Africa is constructed as a discrete political actor, both separate from and elevated above the population it governs. Instead of viewing the state in Africa merely as a mimetic of the Western model or as an extension of precolonial forms of social organisation, the thesis examines the everyday and ongoing governance practices that produce it as a seemingly autonomous entity but also embed it socially. It analyses the discursive and material manifestations of the state by looking at bureaucratic routines, public development and corruption discourses, everyday interactions between state functionaries and local people as well as those of the staff of various non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and variously positioned local residents. In so doing, the thesis argues that the state in Africa is re/produced by embedding itself socially while ceaselessly enacting bureaucratic and spatial hierarchy through mundane governance practices and development discourses that position it as a seemingly coherent, dominant and unified entity, separate from and suspended over and above society.
Supervisor: Harrison, Graham Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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