This collection examines the conflicts and realities of development at a local, empirical level. It provides a series of case studies which illuminate the attitudes and actions of all of those involved in local development schemes.
The material is drawn from Southern and Eastern Europe, Asia and Africa. All the contributors use rigorous anthropological methods of analysis to shed light on the place of feelings of personal sentiment and identity in reactions to planned development schemes. In a world where direct action and public protest are routine responses to local development schemes, they show how protesters, developers and politicians often hold very different fundamental views about the environment, society, government and development which go beyond partisan economic and political interests.
'This work is written in a generally dynamic and authoritative manner and makes enlightened reading for anyone interested in development issues relating to tourism.' - Dr Marcus Stephenson, Tourism Concern
'A useful collection of interesting and insightful contributions which illustrate the multiple benefits of anthropological perspectives on local development provides a variety of fascinating case studies which traverse and subvert the artifical divisions, between the 'developing' and the 'developed' world.' - Marcus Power, Third World Planning Review
'Very interesting … readable, concise book.' - Anthropos, 96, 2001