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The mobilization of the local in a public primary school in peri-urban Niamey, Niger
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of Cultural Anthropology and Ethnology, Cultural Anthropology.
2009 (English)In: APAD Bulletin, ISSN 978-3-643-10535-6, no 31-32, 137-159 p.Article in journal (Other academic) Published
Abstract [en]

In Niger the decentralization of the education system and the implication of local communities in the management and financing of education services is the dominant logic of national education policy promoted by international donors. In the article I examine the mobilization of local actors in public education provision. I do this using an ethnographic study of the daily management of a newly established public primary school in peri-urban Niamey. The case study illustrates the diversity of actors, from traditional chiefs to district advisors and international development projects that are implicated in the provision of public education as well as the different logics and stakes at play. It is also revelatory of the limited room for manoeuvre of the 'local community' organized in school committees in ensuring the day-to-day functioning of the school. Finally it is argued that at the same time as education provision is in part taken over by local actors the idea of the state as the ideal provider of public education remains strong. 

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Munster: LIT , 2009. no 31-32, 137-159 p.
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Ethnology
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Cultural Anthropology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-135971OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-135971DiVA: diva2:375879
Available from: 2010-12-09 Created: 2010-12-09 Last updated: 2011-01-19Bibliographically approved

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