A State Built on Sand How Opium Undermined Afghanistan -

A State Built on Sand How Opium Undermined Afghanistan -

A State Built on Sand How Opium Undermined Afghanistan -

By: David Mansfield


Publication Date:
Sep, 23 2015
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Paper Back
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Mansfield's book examines why drug control - particularly opium bans - have been imposed in Afghanistan; he documents the actors involved; and he scrutinises how prohibition served divergent and competing interests. Drawing on almost two decades of fieldwork in rural areas, he explains how these bans affected farming communities, and how prohibition endured in some areas while in others opium production bans undermined livelihoods and destabilised the political order, fuelling violence and rural rebellion. Above all this book challenges how we have come to understand political power in rural Afghanistan. Far from being the passive recipients of violence by state and non-state actors, Mansfield highlights the role that rural communities have played in shaping the political terrain, including establishing the conditions under which they could persist with opium production.