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IDS Annual Lecture

IDS Annual Lecture with Professor James Ferguson

5 July 2016 17:00–18:30


The inaugural IDS Annual Lecture delivered by Professor Ferguson is titled “Not Working: Rethinking Production and Distribution in the Jobless City”. It examines the issue of contemporary global cities being full of people not in stable, waged employment and suggesting new analytical categories to help enable an understanding of the emergence of other livelihood strategies.

This follows Professor Ferguson’s most recent work exploring the surprising creation and/or expansion (both in southern Africa and across the global South) of social welfare programs targeting the poor, anchored in schemes that directly transfer small amounts of cash to large numbers of low-income people. On this topic, his latest book ‘Give a Man a Fish: Reflections on the New Politics of Distribution’ was recently published by Duke University Press.

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