Whose development?: an ethnography of aid

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Zed Books, 1998 - Business & Economics - 214 pages
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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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A good overview of some of the problems with international aid programs planned and carried out by "Global North" countries without regard for the on-the-ground realities in the countries these initiatives aim to help. Read full review


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Emma Crewe lectures in the Department of Anthropology, University College, London.

Elizabeth Harrison lectures at the School of African and Asian Studies, University of Sussex.