Festival Elephants and the Myth of Global Poverty

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Pearson, 2009 - Business & Economics - 178 pages
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Part of the "Anthropology Works" series, this book offers a critical look at the compelling issue of global aid. 


Glynne Cochrane draws on his many years as a development anthropologist to show how the "Festival Elephants" of development aid are wasting time and money instead of helping to solve poverty.  The author takes issue with the idea that there is only one kind of global poverty (and one single solution).  Instead, through his travels to places like the Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea, Sri Lanka, the Cook Islands, and Tanzania, the author shows that poverty is locally experienced and contextually variable.

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The Myth of Global Poverty
2 Lessons from Elephants in Sri Lanka
A Worker Elephant Apprenticeship in the Solomon Islands

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About the author (2009)

Glynn Cochrane, a renowned development anthropologist, was trained at Oxford University. He taught at Syracuse University and other institutions worldwide. He has worked for development agencies in the Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea, Sri Lanka, the Cook Islands, and Tanzania. As Senior Social Advisor for Rio Tinto, he developed the company's community relations approach. His books include Big Men and Cargo Cults, What We Can Do for Each Other, Development Anthropology, and The Cultural Appraisal of Development Projects.   He is currently Senior Advisor to Rio Tinto on Community Relations.

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