'Local Politics in Afghanistan should do for the micro-study of Afghanistan what Decoding the New Taliban did for Taliban studies. Schetter's edited volume is an engaging set of essays on the dynamics of the local level of activity and how this intersects with other agendas - - whether imposed from outside by foreigners/internationals or from the Afghan government itself.' - - Alex Strick van Linschoten, co-editor of My Life With the Taliban and Poetry of the Taliban 'Conrad Schetter has brought together a set of valuable, in-depth studies of local-level society and politics in Afghanistan, some written by anthropologists who revisited their field sites after decades of wars and upheaval. This book demonstrates the enormous complexity and variety of local conditions and, by implication, reveals the element of hubris that framed the US-led engagement after 2001.' - Astri Suhrke, Chr. Michelsen Institute, author of When More is Less: The International Project in Afghanistan 'So much attention has been paid to the building of a central state in Afghanistan since 2001 that Afghanistan's fascinating local politics, which touch far more directly on the lives of ordinary people, have received less attention than they deserve. Conrad Schetter's new collection, drawing together the cream of specialists on Afghanistan, fills this gap perfectly. It is essential reading for everyone concerned about where Afghanistan is heading.' - William Maley, Australian National University, author of Rescuing Afghanistan
Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende
Conrad Schetter is Research Fellow at the Center for Development Research (ZEF) of the University of Bonn. He is also coordinator of the "Crossroads Asia. Conflict, Migration, Development" research network. His publications focus on local structures of power and violence, the politics of intervention, as well as collective identities. His main regional focus is Afghanistan, Pakistan and Central Asia.