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Anthropology, Development and Modernities : Exploring Discourse, Counter-Tendencies and Violence - Alberto Arce

Anthropology, Development and Modernities

Exploring Discourse, Counter-Tendencies and Violence

By: Alberto Arce (Editor), Norman Long (Editor)

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Published: 21st October 1999
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While the diffusion of modernity and the spread of development schemes may bring prosperity, optimism and opportunity for some, for others it has brought poverty, a deterioration in quality of life and has given rise to violence. This collection brings an anthropological perspective to bear on understanding the diverse modernities we face in the contemporary world. It provides a critical review of interpretations of development and modernity, supported by rigorous case studies from regions as diverse as Guatemala, Sri Lanka, West Africa and contemporary Europe.
Together, the chapters in this volume demonstrate the crucial importance of looking to ethnography for guidance in shaping development policies. Ethnography can show how people's own agency transforms, recasts and complicates the modernities they experience. The contributors argue that explanations of change framed in terms of the dominantdiscourses and institutions of modernity are inadequate, and that we give closer attention to discourses, images, beliefs and practices that run counter to these yet play a part in shaping them and giving them meaning.
Anthropology, Development and Modernities deals with the realities of people's everyday lives and dilemmas. It is essential reading for students and scholars in anthropology, sociology and development studies. It should also be read by all those actively involved in development work.

Prefacep. x
Acknowledgementsp. xv
Reconfiguring Modernity and Development from an Anthropological Perspectivep. 1
Creating or Regulating Developmentp. 32
Modernisation Without the Market?p. 52
Islamisms and the Decivilising Processes of Globalisationp. 64
The Spectacle of Modernityp. 74
Development Discourse and Its Subversionp. 100
On the Anticipation of Violencep. 112
At the Frontiers of the Modern State in Post-War Guatemalap. 127
Vital Force, Avenging Spirits and Zombiesp. 141
Consuming Modernityp. 159
Exploring Local/Global Transformationsp. 184
Bibliographyp. 202
Indexp. 223
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ISBN: 9780415205009
ISBN-10: 041520500X
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 21st October 1999
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.39 x 15.6  x 1.35
Weight (kg): 0.36
Edition Number: 1