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Local Politics in Afghanistan: A Century of Intervention in the Social Order

Conrad Schetter


Afghanistan’s people have contended with an almost continuous series of foreign interventions in their local affairs in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Not only have external powers such as British India, the Soviet Union, Pakistan, and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization meddled egregiously in local affairs, but so have Afghan governments, including monarchical, Communist, Islamist, and ostensibly democratic ones. While the robust resilience of the Afghan population in the face of external influence is widely recognised, how the local populations have concretely dealt with these in ... More

Keywords: Afghanistan, local affairs, local politics, rational objectives, trust, solidarity, reciprocity, patronage, jirgas, shuras

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Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199327928
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199327928.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Conrad Schetter, editor
ZEF, University of Bonn

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1 Introduction

Conrad Schetter

Part I The State and the Local in Historical Perspective

Part II ‘Thick Descriptions’ of Local Politics

7 The State, Intermediaries and ‘Licit’ Corruption

Micheline Centlivres-Demont, and Pierre Centlivres

Part III Rationalities of Local Actors

12 Flows of Suspicion

Anila Daulatzai

Part IV Rebuilding Afghanistan? Current Figurations of the Local

13 Drugs and (Dis)Order

Jonathan Goodhand, and David Mansfield

16 Afterword

Conrad Schetter

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