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Nissan Lecture Theatre

St Antony's College

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In a recent book, Professor Ferguson analysed the figure of the share as a principle of distribution of social protection payments or 'cash transfers' in the global South in general, and in southern Africa in particular.

Noting that today’s existing schemes of distribution are (like all 'social' schemes before them) limited by principles of nation-state membership, he concluded with the suggestion that it may be possible to detect new logics of social obligation emerging that work not according to a logic of citizenship and national membership, but according to a principle that he called 'presence'.

This talk is an attempt to elaborate this conception, and to develop a more complete account of how such an understanding of presence might provide a basis both for an expanded sense of social obligation and for more inclusionary forms of politics.

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James Ferguson is the Susan S and William H Hindle Professor in the School of Humanities and Sciences, and Professor in the Department of Anthropology at Stanford University.


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Organiser of The 2017 Olof Palme Lecture

ODID is the focus at Oxford University for postgraduate teaching and advanced research on developing countries and emerging economies, and on their relationship with the rest of the world. We are the top development studies department in the UK according to the 2014 Research Excellence Framework.

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