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Beyond the State in Rural Uganda

Ben Jones

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1. Introduction
Moving the State from the Centre
In Between "Development"
The Rest of the Book
2. Introducing Oledai
Themes that Cut Across Developments in the Village
Seniority, Prosperity, Propriety
Explaining Change in the Village
3. Teso Society through the Twentieth Century
From Stateless to Sub-Colonial
Teso through the Post-Colonial Period
The Teso Insurgency
4. The Village Court and the Withdrawn State
Away from Decentralisation
The History of the State in Teso Villages
The Actual Work of the Village Council in Oledai
5. The Pentecostal Church
The Nature of Pentecostalism
Pentecostalism in the Teso Region
The Incorporation of Pentecostalism
The Limits to Incorporation
6. The Anglican and Catholic Churches
The Historic Mission Churches in Teso
The Influence of Pentecostalism
7. Burial Societies
The Work of Burial Societies
The Genealogy of Burial Societies
Burial Societies and Local Borrowings
The Past in the Present
8. Conclusion
Churches and the Meaning Of Change
Burials, Ideas and Institutional Change
Uganda in Between
Appendix A: Research Methods
Appendix B: Interviews
Interviews Conducted in the Sub-Parish of Oledai
Interviews: Others
Participants in Group Discussions in Oledai
Participants in Group Discussions in Agolitom (Conducted in Ateso).

About the Author

Ben Jones is a Lecturer in Development Studies at the University of East Anglia. The thesis manuscript, on which the book is based, was awarded the William Robson Memorial Prize by the London School of Economics.


An accessible, intelligent, and stimulating account, and a very welcome addition to a literature on Uganda which frequently does limit itself, as Jones himself argues, to rather reactionary and conventional accounts of developmental 'transformation'.
- Tania Kaiser, Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute
A very readable book and one that challenges current development discourses with good ethnography and historical scholarship. It is a book that will be particularly useful for teaching in undergraduate courses and in postgraduate seminars… And it is essential reading for students of Uganda, and indeed for students of Africa.
- Michael Whyte, African Studies Review
A fascinating and convincing book… Yoweri Museveni, so the story goes, has made the hard decisions that would usher in economic, social, and political development, and for that he is feted in Western capitals and is showered with millions in aid. Instead, Jones examines Oledai sub-parish in the Iteso region of eastern Uganda, where the state and NGOs appear more or less irrelevant to daily life, and the achievements for which Museveni is hailed are nowhere to be seen.
- Brett L. Shadle, Journal of African History
An attractive option for classroom use. ... Advanced undergraduate students in anthropology, history, and development studies would find much to value in this text. Graduate students and specialists will also appreciate Jones' ability to integrate sophisticated theoretical arguments into a compelling ethnohistorical analysis.
- Alicia Decker, International Journal of African Historical Studies
Offers a new anthropological perspective on how to think about processes of social and political change in poorer parts of the world, appealing to anyone interested in African development.
- Society Now
I consider the book to be a welcome addition to the recent ethnographic literature on East Africa.
- Jan de Wolf, Social Anthropology

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