Markets of Dispossession: NGOs, Economic Development, and the State in Cairo

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Duke University Press, 26‏/10‏/2005 - 296 من الصفحات
What happens when the market tries to help the poor? In many parts of the world today, neoliberal development programs are offering ordinary people the tools of free enterprise as the means to well-being and empowerment. Schemes to transform the poor into small-scale entrepreneurs promise them the benefits of the market and access to the rewards of globalization. Markets of Dispossession is a theoretically sophisticated and sobering account of the consequences of these initiatives.

Julia Elyachar studied the efforts of bankers, social scientists, ngo members, development workers, and state officials to turn the craftsmen and unemployed youth of Cairo into the vanguard of a new market society based on microenterprise. She considers these efforts in relation to the alternative notions of economic success held by craftsmen in Cairo, in which short-term financial profit is not always highly valued. Through her careful ethnography of workshop life, Elyachar explains how the traditional market practices of craftsmen are among the most vibrant modes of market life in Egypt. Long condemned as backward, these existing market practices have been seized on by social scientists and development institutions as the raw materials for experiments in “free market” expansion. Elyachar argues that the new economic value accorded to the cultural resources and social networks of the poor has fueled a broader process leading to their economic, social, and cultural dispossession.

 

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المحتويات

The Power of Invisible Hands
1
Two Neighborhoods in Plan and Practice 19051996
37
Informal Economy and Hybrid States
66
4 Mastery Power and Model Workshop Markets
96
5 Value the Evil Eye and Economic Subjectivities
137
6 NGOs Business and Social Capital
167
7 Empowering Debt
191
The Free Market and the Invisible Spectator
213
Notes
221
Bibliography
245
Index
269
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Julia Elyachar is Associate Professor of Anthropology, University of California, Irvine.

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