James Ferguson (anthropologist)
James Ferguson is an American born Anthropologist. He is known for his work on the politics and anthropology of international development
International development
International development or global development is a concept that lacks a universally accepted definition, but it is most used in a holistic and multi-disciplinary context of human development — the development of greater quality of life for humans...

, specifically his critical stance (development criticism
Development criticism
Development criticism refers to criticisms of technological development.-Notable development critics:*Edward Abbey*John Africa*Stafford Beer *Charles A...

). He is currently chair of the Anthropology Department at Stanford University
Stanford University
The Leland Stanford Junior University, commonly referred to as Stanford University or Stanford, is a private research university on an campus located near Palo Alto, California. It is situated in the northwestern Santa Clara Valley on the San Francisco Peninsula, approximately northwest of San...

. His best known work is his book, The Anti-Politics Machine
The Anti-Politics Machine
-Synopsis:This book is a critique of the concept of "development" in general, viewed through the lens of failed attempts, specifically the Thaba-Tseka Development Project in Lesotho from 1975-1984...


Selected publications

  • 2006 Global Shadows:Africa in the Neoliberal World Order., Duke University Press.

  • 1999 Expectations of Modernity: Myths and Meanings of Urban Life on the Zambian Copperbelt., University of California Press.

  • 1997 Editor, Anthropological Locations: Boundaries and Grounds of a Field Science (with Akhil Gupta), Univ. of California Press.

  • 1997 Editor, Culture, Power, Place: Explorations in Critical Anthropology (with Akhil Gupta), Duke University Press.

  • 1990 "The Anti-Politics Machine: 'Development,' Depoliticization, and Bureaucratic Power in Lesotho." Cambridge University Press.

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