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Seeking to understand the chronic and widespread poverty in India, the world's fourth largest economy, Gupta conceives of the relation between the state in India and the poor as one of structural violence. Every year this violence kills between two and three million people, especially women and girls, and lower-caste and indigenous peoples.


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Yet India's poor are not disenfranchised; "This long-awaited book is a masterful achievement that offers they actively participate in the democratic project. Nor is the a close look at the culture of bureaucracy in India and, through state indifferent to the plight of the poor; it sponsors many this lens, casts new light on structural violence, liberalization, poverty amelioration programs. Akhil Gupta's sensitive analysis of the everyday practices Gupta conducted ethnographic research among officials of writing, recording, filing, and reporting at every level of the charged with coordinating development programs in rural Uttar state in India joins a rich literature on the politics of inscription Pradesh.

Drawing on that research, he offers insightful analyses and marks a brilliant new benchmark for political anthropology of corruption; the significance of writing and written records; in India and beyond. Those Numbers analyses underlie his argument that care is arbitrary in its conse- quences, and that arbitrariness is systematically produced by the "Why has the postcolonial state in India seemed so incapable of very mechanisms that are meant to ameliorate social suffering.

In his brilliant What must be explained is not only why government programs book Red Tape, Akhil Gupta argues that the structural violence aimed at providing nutrition, employment, housing, healthcare, inherent in the state operates as a form of biopower in which and education to poor people do not succeed in their objec- normal bureaucratic procedures depoliticize the killing of the tives, but also why, when they do succeed, they do so unevenly poor. Whether exploring corruption, literacy, or population and erratically.

A tour de force. He is the author of Postcolonial Developments: Agriculture in the Making of Modern India and a coeditor of "This is a landmark study of bureaucratic practices through Culture, Power, Place: Explorations in Critical Anthropology, both which the state is actualized in the lives of the poor in India. He is also a coeditor Akhil Gupta's theoretical sophistication and the ethnographic of The State in India after Liberalization: Interdisciplinary Perspec- depth in this book demonstrate how South Asian studies tives, Anthropological Locations: Boundaries and Grounds of a Field continues to challenge and shape the direction of social theory.

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Red Tape presents a major new theory of the state developed by the renowned anthropologist Akhil Gupta. Seeking to understand the chronic and widespread poverty in India, the world's fourth largest economy, Gupta conceives of the relation between the state in India and the poor as one of structural violence.

Every year this violence kills between two and three million people, especially women and girls, and lower-caste and indigenous peoples.

Red Tape : Bureaucracy, Structural Violence, and Poverty in India

Yet India's poor are not disenfranchised; they actively participate in the democratic project. Nor is the state indifferent to the plight of the poor; it sponsors many poverty amelioration programs. Customer Reviews. Write a review.

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