Economic Development

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Economic development is an important focus of anthropological work in rural and urban communities around the world, and in this volume the contributors offer expert analyses on the theory and practice of development. Chapters cover the key topics of market systems, agricultural knowledge, modernization, population growth, participatory development, conservation strategies, culturally sustainable development, globalization and privatization, tourism, urban development, and financial markets. The cross-cultural focus of the volume provides original data on development processes in many countries, including the Philippines, Bali, Costa Rica, Mexico, Honduras, Venezuela, Kazakstan, and the United States. The book will be a welcome source of comparative research for anthropologists, development specialists, agricultural researchers, environmentalists, and geographers. Published in cooperation with the Society for Economic Anthropology. Visit their web page.

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Editorial Reviews

This volume presents analyses on the theory and practice of economic development in rural and urban communities around the world. The 13 contributions cover topics including market systems; agricultural knowledge; modernization; population growth; conservation strategies; participatory, culturally sustainable, and urban development; globalization and privatization; tourism; and financial markets. Of interest for comparative research in the fields of anthropology, development, agricultural research, geography, and the environment. Edited by Cohen (anthropology, Pennsylvania State U.) and Dannhauser (anthropology, Texas A&M U.), who are also contributors. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
quite interesting...contains some of the most interesting contributions for thinking about the object(s) and new directions for development anthropology...fascinating contributions.
— Peter Schroder
Richard Wilk
This book is the state of the art in the practice of development anthropology. It demonstrates many important contributions by anthropologists to the development process. Theoretically sophisticated, full of rich case studies, this is an ideal text for a development anthropology course. It includes a remarkable range of critiques and case studies, covering the full terrain of contemporary development anthropology, and is by far the best coverage and quality of any current book on the topic.
Anthropos - Peter Schroder
quite interesting...contains some of the most interesting contributions for thinking about the object(s) and new directions for development anthropology...fascinating contributions.
Martha Woodson Rees
The local is undervalued in these days of globalization, but not by anthropologists. Cohen and Dannhaeuser bring an empirical, holistic, microlevel perspective to the critical study and practice of development. These case studies give historical and current examples of development practice that show the importance of local input, the necessity of taking local class structure, cultural diversity and values into account. They consider economic development from historical, theoretical and practical perspectives. They call for the reintegration of the practice of development with the growth of formal development theory in anthropology. The book highlights the value of anthropology to theory and practice in development.
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Meet the Author

Jeffrey H. Cohen is Professor of Anthropology at Pennsylvania State University who researches the social impact of transnational migration and remittances investment in rural communities. His most recent publication is Cooperation and Community: Economy and Society in Oaxaca (1999). Norbert Dannhaeuser is Professor of Anthropology at Texas A&M University and specializes in development issues of complex societies. He is the author of Contemporary Trade Strategies in the Philippines: A Study in Marketing Anthropology.

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Table of Contents

List of Figures and Tables
Introduction - Development in Practice and Theory: A Positive Role for Anthropology
1 Involution and Modernization: The Case of Clifford Geertz 3
2 The Evolution of Market Niches among Oaxacan Wood-Carvers 23
3 Tourists as a Common-Pool Resource: A Study of Dive Shops on Utila, Honduras 51
4 The Interstices of Urban Development: An Economic Anthropological Approach to Development in a Midwestern U.S. Community 69
5 Barriers to the Diffusion of Agricultural Knowledge: A Balinese Case Study 87
6 The Common Sense of Development and the Struggle for Participatory Development in Sri Lanka 107
7 Culturally Sustainable Development 123
8 An Analysis of Risk Perceptions: Understanding Beneficiaries' Concerns in Sustainable Development Activities 137
9 The Women Left Behind: Potential Effects of Male Migrants' Return on Women's Fertility and Health in Bangladesh 161
10 Gifts, Bribes, and Development in Post-Soviet Kazakstan 183
11 Globalization, Privatization, and Public Space in the Provincial Philippines 209
12 Looking into the Future: Anthropology and Financial Markets 241
13 Emerging Markets, Globalization, and the Small Investor: The Case of Venezuela 265
Index 291
About the Contributors 295
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