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Anthropology and development : the uneasy relationship

Lewis, David ORCID: 0000-0003-0732-9020 (2005) Anthropology and development : the uneasy relationship. In: Carrier, James G., (ed.) A Handbook of Economic Anthropology. Elgar, Cheltenham, UK, pp. 472-486. ISBN 1843761750

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This chapter briefly introduces the concept of development and summarises the history of the relationship between development and anthropologists. Along the way, it considers three main positions which anthropologists have taken and may still take in relation to development. The first, that of antagonistic observer, is one characterised by critical distance and a basic hostility towards both the ideas of development and the motives of those who seek to promote it. The second is one of reluctant participation where institutional financial pressures and livelihood opportunities have led some anthropologists, with varying degrees of enthusiasm, to offer their professional services to policy makers and development organisations. The third is the long-standing tradition in which anthropologists have attempted to combine their community or agency-level interactions with people at the level of research with involvement with or on behalf of marginalised or poor people in the developing world.

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Divisions: Social Policy
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology
Date Deposited: 27 Sep 2005
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 05:00

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