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Discourses of Development : Anthropological Perspectives - R.D. & Stirrat, R.L. Grillo

Discourses of Development

Anthropological Perspectives

Paperback Published: 1st October 1997
ISBN: 9781859739457
Number Of Pages: 312

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'Development' is clearly a contentious concept. It is common knowledge that there is frequently a troubling divide between what Western developers think development entails and how those people affected understand the ensuing processes. By treating development as problematic, this book seeks to generate new insights into the relationships between the various parties involved and to enhance understanding of the ways in which particular 'discourses of development' are generated. Authors raise provocative questions about the relationship of politics, power, ideology and rhetoric to the institutional practice of development. These hegemonic considerations are shown to have a profound effect on the 'culture of aid' and the interface between development personnel and those whom development is supposed to benefit.

'The strengths of this excellent volume are three-fold. First, the authors successfully situate the study of development discourses within the broader sociocultural context in which they occur. Second, the articles effectively relate the discourses studied to what is happening on the ground, clearly demonstrating that there is no simple, unilinear relationship. Third, by focusing on the differing discourses of development that may be utilized even within the context of single program, the authors make the study of development richer and more nuanced in the process.' Anthropological Quarterly

Preface
Discourses of Development: The View from Anthropology
Watching the Developers: a Partial Ethnography
"Folk" and "Pop" in the Orchestration of Development Projects
Mixed Messages: Contested "Development" and the Plantation Rehabilitation Project
Webs of Power and the Construction of Environmental Policy Problems: Forest Loss in Guinea
The Silent Tradition of Developing the Cooks
Alternative Vocabularies of Development? "Community" and "Participation" in Development Discourse in Sri Lanka
'Local Institutions' and Community Management
Three Critical Issues in Community Health Development Projects in Kenya
Towards an Ethnography of Participatory Appraisal
Gender Politics and Development in Rajasthan
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ISBN: 9781859739457
ISBN-10: 1859739458
Series: Explorations in Anthropology
Audience: BAC
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 312
Published: 1st October 1997
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 13.8  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.36
Edition Number: 1