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Speaking Truths to PowerPolicy Ethnography and Police Reform in Bosnia and Herzegovina$
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Jarrett Blaustein

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780198723295

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198723295.001.0001

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Interpreting Safer Communities

Interpreting Safer Communities

(p.99) 5 Interpreting Safer Communities
Speaking Truths to Power

Jarrett Blaustein

Oxford University Press

This chapter introduces my ethnographic case study of the Safer Communities project in BiH by profiling the project’s institutional sponsor, UNDP, and by reviewing its origins as an offshoot of UNDP’s Small Arms Control and Reduction Project. The discussion sketches out the habitus of the international development workers at UNDP and proceeds to detail the institutional origins of the Safer Communities project. The remainder of the chapter presents my participatory policy ethnography of the Safer Communities project to examine the negotiated character of this contact zone and the policy translation process. Whereas the first part of this examination concludes with a cautiously optimistic assessment of the prospect of maintaining a habitual emphasis on capacity development despite the limited availability of funding and structural pressures for policy alignment, the issue of ‘sustainability’ supports a bleaker analysis.

Keywords:   policy translation, Safer Communities, UNDP, habitus, development workers, Bosnia, policy ethnography, sustainability, capacity development

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