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NGOs and the Politics of Aid in Serbia
240 pages, bibliog., index
ISBN 978-1-78920-099-7 $120.00/£85.00 Hb Published (December 2018)
eISBN 978-1-78920-100-0 eBook
Tracing the boom of local NGOs since the 1990s in the context of the global political economy of aid, current trends of neoliberal state restructuring, and shifting post-Cold War hegemonies, this book explores the “associational revolution” in post-socialist, post-conflict Serbia. Looking into the country’s “transition” through a global and relational analytical prism, the ethnography unpacks the various forms of dispossession and inequality entailed in the democracy-promotion project.
Theodora Vetta is European Research Council researcher at the University of Barcelona, and a member of PrecAnthro Union and FOCAAL’s editorial collective. She was formerly a Marie-Curie Fellow at CEU-Budapest and a Swedish-Institute fellow at Lund University. Her recent publications include “Moral Economy: Rethinking a Radical Concept” (Anthropological Theory, 2016) and "The Habits of the Heart: Grassroots 'Revitalization' and State Transformations in Serbia" in Cultures of Doing Good (University of Alabama Press, 2017).
Subject: General Anthropology Development Studies Political Economy
Area: Central/Eastern Europe
PART I: CIVIL SOCIETY IN THE MAKING
Chapter 1. Empowerment, Fast-Track
Chapter 2. NGOing and the Donor Effect
PART II: THE POLITICS OF CULTURE
Chapter 3. The “Democrats”: Salon NGOs in Belgrade
Chapter 4. The “Nationalists”: Radikali and Privatization
PART III: GOOD GOVERNANCE
Chapter 5. Revitalizing Communities, Decentralizing the State
Chapter 6. NGOs vs. State: Clash or Class?
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