Neoliberal Moral Economy: Capitalism, Socio-Cultural Change and Fraud in Uganda
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What is going on when people in Uganda talk about the growing number of fraud cases? In Neoliberal Moral Economy, Jörg Wiegratz answers this question in one word: neoliberalism. He suggests that stories of fraud are symptomatic of wider economic changes Ugandans have experienced over the past thirty years. The wave of neoliberal reforms, starting in the late 1980s, has ended up changing the way Ugandans think. This concern with ‘fraud is an outcome, not only of political-economic’ but also of the moral transformations, and Wiegratz makes a forceful case that political economy considerations define the moral order of society. Drawing on an extensive body of material Wiegratz argues that the present-day concerns with fraud, trickery and thievery are part of a wider restructuring of Ugandan society.
The book is ambitious in scope and stimulating as a set of arguments. It is densely written and detailed in observation. In contrast to other studies of politics in Uganda which tend to pick...