Negotiating Local Knowledge: Power and Identity in Development

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The contributors to this volume offer 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 knowledges 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 ...

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Overview

The contributors to this volume offer 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 knowledges 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. The contributors to this volume break 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. Their findings have important implications for anthropology, development studies and other related disciplines.

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Johan Pottier teaches in the Department of Anthropology at SOAS, University of London.Paul Sillitoe is Professor of Anthropology at the University of Durham.Alan Bicker is at the Dept of Anthropology, University of Kent at Canterbury.

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Table of Contents

1 Negotiating Local Knowledge: An Introduction; Johan Pottier
2 A Possible Explanation For The Lack Of Explanation: Or, 'Why The Master Builder Can't Explain What He Knows' (Yemen); Trevor H.J. Marchand
3 Explosive Narratives: The Articulation Of 'Nuclear Knowledge' In Mumbai, India; 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; Alberto Arce And Eleanor Fisher
5 Anti-Social 'Social Development'? Governmentality, Indigenousness And The Dfid Approach On Montserrat; Jonathan Skinner
6 'All Been Washed Away Now': Tradition, Change And Indigenous Knowledge In A Queensland Aboriginal Land Claim; Benjamin Richard Smith
7 Managing Natural Resources In Eastern Algarve, Portugal: An Assessment Of The Policy Uses Of Local Knowledge(S); Manuel Joäo Ramos, António Medeiros, Pedro Sena And Gonóalo Praã§a
8 Interfaces Of Knowledge: The Revival Of Temples In West Hunan, China; Mary Rack
9 The Global Flow Of Knowledge On War Trauma: The Role Of The 'Cinnamon Garden Culture' In Sri Lanka; Alex Argenti-Pillen
10 Modern Information Warfare Versus Empirical Knowledge: The International Framing Of 'The Crisis' In Eastern Zaire, 1996; Johan Pottier
11 Playing On The Pacific Ring Of Fire: Negotiation And Mining In Papua New Guinea; Paul Sillitoe And Robin A. Wilson
12 From Seduction To Miscommunication: The Confession And Presentation Of Local Knowledge In 'Participatory Development' (Batak, The Philippines); Dario Novellino
13 Silencing The Nile (Uganda); Stan Frankland
Index

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