Billaud, Julie (2012) The making of modern Afghanistan: reconstruction, transnational governance and gender politics in the new Islamic republic. Anthropology of the Middle East, 7 (1). pp. 18-37. ISSN 1746-0719Full text not available from this repository.
This article seeks to characterise the nature of the post-Taliban 'reconstruction' project in Afghanistan through an analysis of observations and interviews collected in the Ministry of Women's Affairs (MoWA) in 2007. Based on a case study of a 'gender empowerment' training programme administered by the MoWA and funded by an international aid agency, I underline some intricacies in the relationships that are built in development encounters. I argue that the current efforts to include gender issues in politics are part of a broader cultural project aimed at setting up the conditions of possibility for the creation of a modern Afghan state. I show how reconstruction does not simply consist in the formation of a bureaucratic apparatus based on Western models of liberal democracies but primarily involves cultural and symbolic production.
|Schools and Departments:||School of Global Studies > Anthropology|
|Depositing User:||Julie Billaud|
|Date Deposited:||25 Jan 2013 13:50|
|Last Modified:||25 Jan 2013 13:50|