Anthropology and Development

Anthropology and Development : Challenges for the Twenty-First Century

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Western aid is in decline. Non-traditional development actors from the developing countries and elsewhere are in the ascendant. A new set of global economic and political processes are shaping the twenty-first century.

This book engages with nearly two decades of continuity and change in the development industry. In particular, it argues that while the world of international development has expanded since the 1990s, it has become more rigidly technocratic. The authors insist on a focus upon the core anthropological issues surrounding poverty and inequality, and thus sharply criticise what are perceived as problems in the field.

Anthropology and Development is a completely rewritten edition of the best-selling and critically acclaimed Anthropology, Development and the Post-Modern Challenge (1996). It serves as both an innovative reformulation of the field, as well as a textbook for many undergraduate and graduate courses at leading international universities.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 240 pages
  • 134 x 214 x 14mm | 339.99g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0745333648
  • 9780745333649
  • 396,791

Table of contents





Prelude: Development, Post-Development and ... More Development?

1. Understanding Development: Theory and Practice into the Twenty-First Century

2. Applying Anthropology

3. The Anthropology of Development

4. Anthropologists in Development: Access, Effects and Control

5. When Good Ideas Turn Bad: The Dominant Discourse Bites Back

Conclusion: Anthropology, Development and Twenty-First Century Challenges

Notes and references


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Review quote

'This carefully reworked volume by two of development's most accomplished scholars reinvigorates, like no other treatise in the field, the connection between research, critique, and action in inspired and practical ways' -- Arturo Escobar, Kenan Distinguished Professor of Anthropology, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

'The already impressive state of arts of the first book has been extended to most of the rapidly expanding literature of the last twenty years. This book is essential for anyone interested by debates concerning the relation between anthropology and development' -- Jean-Pierre Olivier de Sardan, Professor of Anthropology at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Marseilles 'Essential reading for all involved with anthropology or development - and essential proof that they should engage their perspectives with each other more deeply and more often' -- Professor Melissa Leach, Anthropologist and Director, Institute of Development Studies

'An authoritative and up to date overview that combines accurate and insightful overviews of the major contributions in the field with their own original and illuminating arguments' -- Professor James Ferguson, Department of Anthropology, Stanford University 'Ameliorates the despair which students of development often feel once they come to understand the complexity, and the vested interests, of the aid industry' -- LSE Magazine
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About David Lewis

Katy Gardner is Professor of Anthropology at the London School of Economics and is the author of several books including Global Migrants, Local Lives: Travel and Transformation in Rural Bangladesh (1995) and Discordant Development (Pluto, 2012). David Lewis is Professor of Social Policy and Development in the Department of Social Policy, London School of Economics. He is the author of Bangladesh: Politics, Economy and Civil Society (2012) and co-editor of The Aid Effect (Pluto, 2005).
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