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An Anthropological Critique of Development : The Growth of Ignorance - Mark Hobart

An Anthropological Critique of Development

The Growth of Ignorance

By: Mark Hobart (Editor)

Paperback Published: 30th September 1993
ISBN: 9780415079594
Number Of Pages: 248

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This provocative volume, the latest in the EIDOS series, debunks the assumption that the application of Western knowledge in the implementation of economic and social development is an unqualified success. The author argues that it is unacceptable to dismiss problems encountered by development projects as the result of an inadequate implementation of knowledge. Rather, it suggests that failures stem from the constitution of knowledge and its object.
By focusing on the ways in which agency in development is attributed to experts, thereby turning previously active participants into passive subjects or ignorant objects, the contributors claim that the hidden agenda to the aims of educating and improving the lives of those in the undeveloped world ultimately perpetuates ignorance.

Prefacep. x
The Schoolmaster of the Futurep. xii
Introduction The Growth of Ignorance?p. 1
Segmentary Knowledge: a Whalsay Sketchp. 31
Processes and Limitations of Dogon Agricultural Knowledgep. 43
Cultivation: Knowledge or Performance?p. 61
Referencesp. 76
His Lordship at the Cobblers' Wellp. 79
Is Death the Same Everywhere? Contexts of Knowing and Doubtingp. 100
Scapegoat and Magic Charm: Law in Development Theory and Practicep. 116
Knowledge and Ignorance in the Practices of Development Policyp. 135
The Negotiation of Knowledge and Ignorance in China's Development Strategyp. 161
Bridging Two Worlds: an Ethnography of Bureaucrat-Peasant Relations in Western Mexicop. 179
Potatoes and Knowledgep. 209
Referencesp. 226
Name Indexp. 228
Subject Indexp. 232
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ISBN: 9780415079594
ISBN-10: 0415079594
Series: Eidos (European Inter-University Development Opportunities S
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 248
Published: 30th September 1993
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.05 x 14.12  x 2.06
Weight (kg): 0.32
Edition Number: 1