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Biopolitics, Militarism, and Development
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"This volume offers significant and new information on and insights into current developments in many different areas and - thanks to a comprehensive bibliography on Eritrea and theoretical foundations of the concept of biopolitics as an appendix - inspirations for further general readings and reflections in the field of political.science." * Peripherie Bringing together original, contemporary ethnographic research on the Northeast African state of Eritrea, this book shows how biopolitics - the state-led deployment of disciplinary technologies on individuals and population groups - is assuming particular forms in the twenty-first century. Once hailed as the "African country that works," Eritrea's apparently successful post-independence development has since lapsed into economic crisis and severe human rights violations. This is due not only to the border war with Ethiopia that began in 1998, but is also the result of discernible tendencies in the "high modernist" style of social mobilization for development first adopted by the Eritrean government during the liberation struggle (1961-1991) and later carried into the post-independence era. The contributions to this volume reveal and interpret the links between development and developmentalist ideologies, intensifying militarism, and the controlling and disciplining of human lives and bodies by state institutions, policies, and discourses. Also assessed are the multiple consequences of these policies for the Eritrean people and the ways in which such policies are resisted or subverted. This insightful, comparative volume places the Eritrean case in a broader global and transnational context.
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Introduction: Biopolitics, Militarism and Development in Contemporary Eritrea Tricia Redeker Hepner and David O'Kane Chapter 1. Pitfalls of Nationalism in Eritrea Tekle M. Woldemikael Chapter 2. War, Spatio-temporal Perception, and the Nation: Fighters and Farmers in the Highlands Michael Mahrt Chapter 3. The Youth Has Gone From Our Soil: Place and Politics in Refugee Resettlement and Agrarian Development Amanda Poole Chapter 4. Human Resource Development and the State: Higher Education in Post-Revolutionary Eritrea Tanja R. Muller Chapter 5. Avoiding Wastage by Making Soldiers: Technologies of the State and the Imagination of the Educated Nation Jennifer Riggan Chapter 6. Trapped in Adolescence: The Post-War Urban Generation Magnus Treiber Chapter 7. Seeking Asylum in a Transnational Social Field: New Refugees and Struggles for Autonomy and Human Rights Tricia Redeker Hepner Chapter 8. The Eritrean State in Comparative Perspective Greg Cameron Conclusion: Biopolitics and Dilemmas of Development in Eritrea and Elsewhere Tricia Redeker Hepner and David O'Kane Bibliography Index

About the Author

David O'Kane is a graduate of the National University of Ireland and Queen's University Belfast. He has worked in universities in Eritrea, Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland, Britain, Russia, and New Zealand. Tricia Redeker Hepner teaches Anthropology at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Her research on Eritrea was funded by the National Science Foundation, the Social Science Research Council, and the Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research. She is the author of Soldiers, Martyrs, Traitors and Exiles: Political Conflict in Eritrea and Diaspora (University of Pennsylvania Press).

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This volume offers significant and new information on and insights into current developments in many different areas and - thanks to a comprehensive bibliography on Eritrea and theoretical foundations of the concept of biopolitics as an appendix - inspirations for further general readings and reflections in the field of political.science.A" * Peripherie

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