The Development State

The Development State

Aid, Culture and Civil Society in Tanzania

Maia Green

eBook for Handhelds

James Currey



A timely, ethnographically informed account of the "development state" of Tanzania, showing how development practice and culture have become integrated into everyday life, politically, socially and economically.
How has development affected the practices of the state in Africa? How has the development state become the basis of social organisation? How do Tanzanians position themselves to obtain aid money to effect change in their personal lives?
Financial aid flows have entrenched an economy of intervention in which the main beneficiaries are those who can claim to undertake development activities. Even for those not formally engaged in the development sector, its discourses influence everyday discussion about class and inequality, poverty and wealth, modernity and tradition. With Tanzania as the country focus, the author shows how the practices of development have infiltrated not only the state at large but many aspects of people's everyday lives.

Maia Green is Professor of Social Anthropology at the University of Manchester.


2 line illustrations
229 pages
21.6x14 cm
African Issues
Paperback, 9781847011084, November 2014
eBook for Handhelds, 9781782044635, November 2014
James Currey
BISAC SOC002010, POL029000, HIS001000
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Table of Contents

Tanzania: A Development State
Participating in Development: Projects and Agency in Tanzania
Decentralising Development
Globalising Development through Participatory Project Management
Making Development Agents: Nationalising Participation in Tanzania
Localising Development: Civil Society as Social Capital after Socialism
Anticipatory Development: Building Civil Society in Tanzania
Development Templates: Modernising Anti-Witchcraft Services in Southern Tanzania
Making Middle Income: New Development Citizenships in Tanzania


Very helpful in understanding the multifaceted subject of developmental aid in a country that was once seen as one of the poorest in the world. AFRICAN STUDIES QUARTERLY

Readers familiar with Tanzania will find much of interest and much to ponder in this book. TANZANIAN AFFIARS

"Will have a major impact in anthropology, development, science and technology and policy studies. ... [and] a significant influence on international development practitioners, policy makers and students of development." Professor Steven Robins, Department of Sociology & Social Anthropology, University of Stellenbosch

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