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Anthropology for Development

From Theory to Practice, 1st Edition

By Robyn Eversole

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192 pages | 7 B/W Illus.

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Anthropology for Development: From Theory to Practice connects cross-cultural social theory with the concerns of development policy and practice. It introduces the reader to a set of key ideas from the field of anthropology of development, and shows how these insights can be applied to solve real-world development dilemmas.

This single, accessibly written volume clearly explains key concepts from anthropology and draws them into a framework to address some of the important challenges facing development policy and practice in the twenty-first century: poverty, participation, sustainability and innovation. It discusses classic critical and ethnographic texts and more recent anthropological work, using rich case studies across a range of country contexts to provide an introduction to the field not available elsewhere. The examples presented are designed to help development professionals reframe their practice with attention to social and cultural variables as well as understand why mainstream approaches to reducing poverty, raising productivity, delivering social services and grappling with environmental risks often fail.

This book will prove invaluable to undergraduate and postgraduate students who are professionals-in-training in development studies programs around the world. It will also help development professionals work effectively and inclusively across cultures, tap into previously invisible resources, and turn current development challenges into opportunities.

Reviews

"Using the tools and concepts of anthropology, Robyn Eversole provides a map of the development process as it really is. Practitioners and students learn how to recognize and respond to the needs of diverse communities while also juggling the complex dilemma of how to obtain and use scarce resources. This is a clear, concise and critical book which reinforces the fact that all development must be a collaboration within a specific context. It’s the book I needed while teaching and doing development!" - Jeanne Simonelli, Professor Emerita, Wake Forest University and SUNY-Oneonta, US.

"A welcome book that gives a straightforward account of what anthropology has to offer in development contexts. Those of us from the discipline, largely ignored until relatively recently, have long argued that it has much to offer with respect to the cross-cultural challenges faced by development programmes. This book puts the argument clearly, and is particularly useful in giving an update on current issues, with development being a field that features rapid change." - Paul Sillitoe, Professor of Anthropology, Durham University, UK.

Table of Contents

List of Figures

List of Boxes

INTRODUCTION

Doing development

Many developments

Success and failure

Change and continuity

Development in social context

Development actors

Economics and beyond

Policy in context?

An anthropological approach

About anthropology

Anthropology of development

Applying anthropology in development work

Aims of this book

CHAPTER ONE: ANTHROPOLOGY OF DEVELOPMENT IN THEORY

Development in context

Anthropologists and development

Development up close

Anthropologists in development work

Development actors: the people in the process

Actors on the margins

Anthropologists as development actors

Developers as social actors

Development knowledges: what people know

The idea of development

Indigenous knowledges

Development logics

Development institutions: what people do

Culture and institutions

Institutions and development

Institutions across cultures

Summary: Understanding development

CHAPTER TWO: ANTHROPOLOGY OF DEVELOPMENT IN PRACTICE

Stories of change on the ground

Grassroots actors

Invisible knowledges

Institutions and power

Learning from change on the ground

Stories of development practice

Actors in development practice

Knowledge for development

Old institutions and new

Learning from development practice

Summary: Lessons for practice

CHAPTER THREE: AN ANTHROPOLOGICAL FRAMEWORK FOR DEVELOPMENT PRACTICE

Framing and reframing development

The dominant framework: Problems, targets, solutions

An anthropological framework: contexts, actors, and resources

The development landscape

Development in context

Unpacking actors

Knowledges and logics

Institutions and change

Summary: Doing development anthropologically

CHAPTER FOUR: APPLYING THE FRAMEWORK: TOOLS AND APPROACHES

Assessment tools: Understanding contexts

Tools for desktop assessment

Tools for assessment workshops

Community-based assessment tools

Design tools: Crafting actions for change

Visioning and planning tools

Resourcing tools

Implementation tools: Life on the development landscape

Participatory governance tools

Participatory management tools

Evaluation tools: Learning and accountability

Practice learning tools

Accountability tools

Tools for reflexive practice

Working with anthropologists

Summary: Tools and their uses

CHAPTER FIVE: ANTHROPOLOGICAL RESPONSES TO DEVELOPMENT CHALLENGES

A recipe for effectiveness?

Poverty as a verb

From participation to recognition

The challenge of sustainability

Summary: From challenges to opportunities?

CHAPTER SIX: CONCLUSIONS: USING ANTHROPOLOGY IN DEVELOPMENT WORK

Lesson One: Development abhors a vacuum

Lesson Two: Development is always about people

Lesson Three: Reframing is the key to change

Anthropology for development, toward the future

FURTHER READING

Development case studies – useful collections

Ethnographies of local economic development

Unpacking the idea of development

Anthropology of / for practice

REFERENCES

INDEX

About the Author

Robyn Eversole is Professor with the Centre for Social Impact, based at Swinburne University, Melbourne, Australia.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCI030000
SCIENCE / Earth Sciences / Geography
SOC002010
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Anthropology / Cultural
SOC015000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Human Geography
SOC042000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Developing Countries