Negotiating Local Knowledge

Negotiating Local Knowledge : Power and Identity in Development

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This is an original approach to debates about indigenous knowledge. Concentrating on the political economy of knowledge construction and dissemination, they look at the variety of ways in which development policies are received and constructed, to reveal the ways in which local knowledge are appropriated and recast, either by local elites or by development agencies.

Until now, debates about indigenous knowledge have largely been conducted in terms of agricultural and environmental issues such as bio-piracy and gene patenting. This collection breaks new ground by opening up the theoretical debate to include areas such as post-war traumatic stress counselling, representations of nuclear capability, architecture, mining, and the politics of eco-tourism.
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  • Hardback | 344 pages
  • 135 x 215 x 22.86mm | 508.02g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New
  • 0745320074
  • 9780745320076

Table of contents

1. Negotiating Local Knowledge: An Introduction by Johan Pottier

2. A Possible Explanation For The Lack Of Explanation: Or, `Why The Master Builder Can't Explain What He Knows' (Yemen) by Trevor H.J. Marchand

3. Explosive Narratives: The Articulation Of `Nuclear Knowledge' In Mumbai, India by Raminder Kaur

4. Knowledge Interfaces And Practices Of Negotiation: Cases From A Women's Group In Bolivia And An Oil Refinery In Wales, United Kingdom by Alberto Arce And Eleanor Fisher

5. Anti-Social `Social Development'? Governmentality, Indigenousness And The Dfid Approach On Montserrat by Jonathan Skinner

6. `All Been Washed Away Now': Tradition, Change And Indigenous Knowledge In A Queensland Aboriginal Land Claim by Benjamin Richard Smith

7. Managing Natural Resources In Eastern Algarve, Portugal: An Assessment Of The Policy Uses Of Local Knowledge(S) by Manuel Joao Ramos, Antonio Medeiros, Pedro Sena And Goncalo Praca

8. Interfaces Of Knowledge: The Revival Of Temples In West Hunan, China by Mary Rack

9. The Global Flow Of Knowledge On War Trauma: The Role Of The `Cinnamon Garden Culture' In Sri Lanka by Alex Argenti-Pillen

10. Modern Information Warfare Versus Empirical Knowledge: The International Framing Of `The Crisis' In Eastern Zaire, 1996 by Johan Pottier

11. Playing On The Pacific Ring Of Fire: Negotiation And Mining In Papua New Guinea by Paul Sillitoe And Robin A. Wilson

12. From Seduction To Miscommunication: The Confession And Presentation Of Local Knowledge In `Participatory Development' (Batak, The Philippines) by Dario Novellino

13. Silencing The Nile (Uganda) by Stan Frankland

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'Highly readable and provides good inspiration for people who either study or work within the vortex of local knowledge, power and politics' -- Development and Change
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About Alan Bicker

Johan Pottier is Emeritus Professor of Anthropology at SOAS, University of London. He is the author of Anthropology of Food(Polity Press, 1999), Re-Imagining Rwanda (Cambridge University Press, 2002), Negotiating Local Knowledge (Pluto Press, 2003) and the co-editor of Researching Violence in Africa (Brill, 2011). Alan Bicker is Honorary Senior Research Fellow at the School of Anthropology and Conservation, University of Kent at Canterbury. He is co-editor of Negotiating Local Knowledge (Pluto Press, 2003). Paul Sillitoe is Professor of Anthropology at Durham University and former Shell Chair in Sustainable Development at Qatar University. He is co-editor of Negotiating Local Knowledge (Pluto Press, 2003).
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