Whose Development?

Whose Development?

by Emma Crewe, Elizabeth Harrison
     
 

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This book is an ethnography of development in practice. It builds on recent work in the anthropology of development in its examination of the evolution and persistence of a number of key ideas about gender, technology and race. It explores how these are rooted in both material practices and ideologies, notably the Enlightenment and colonialism, but goes beyond

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This book is an ethnography of development in practice. It builds on recent work in the anthropology of development in its examination of the evolution and persistence of a number of key ideas about gender, technology and race. It explores how these are rooted in both material practices and ideologies, notably the Enlightenment and colonialism, but goes beyond previous studies which have tended to focus mainly on the apparently monolithic power of the developers. The authors argue for a more nuanced account of power through analysis of the relationship between individual agency and structural constraint. Their fascinating study shows how a simple dichotomy between "us," the developers, and "them," the victims of development, misconstrues the nature of the proccesses involved.

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Authors draw on their own experience of aid projects in Africa and Asia to examine deep-seated assumptions in the minds of developers. They reveal that flawed notions about progress, gender, technology, partnership, culture, and race persist, and point to gaps between assumptions, policies, and practices of development. They describe how power inequalities based on race, class, and gender are reflected in the process of aid, using case material from an international NGO and a multilateral agency. Paper edition (unseen), $19.95. Distributed by St. Martin's Press. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknew.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781856496063
Publisher:
Zed Books
Publication date:
02/01/1999
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
5.44(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.70(d)

Meet the Author

Emma Crewe is a principal investigator in the Department of Anthropology and Sociology at SOAS, University of London. She is the author of several books on politics and the parliamentary system.

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