Anthropology and Development: Understanding Contemporary

By: Jean-Pierre Olivier de Sardan

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The central purpose of this book is to re-establish the relevance of anthropological (and indeed sociological) approaches to development processes and, pari passu, persuading anthropology to recognise that the study of contemporary development ought to be one of its principal concerns. Professor Olivier de Sardan argues for a socio-anthropology of change and development that is a deeply empirical, multidimensional, diachronic study of social groups and their interactions, combining analysis of social practices and consciousness. It has, in his view, simultaneously to be a political anthropology, a sociology of organizations, an economic anthropology, a sociology of networks, and an anthropology of conceptions and belief systems. The author also intends to make English- and French-speaking anthropologists and students much more aware of each other’s contribution to understanding development and social change. The Introduction provides a thought-provoking examination of the principal new approaches that have emerged in the discipline during the 1990s. Part I then makes clear the complexity of social change and development, and the ways in which socioanthropology can measure up to the challenge of this complexity. Part II looks more closely at some of the leading variables involved in the development process, including relations of production; the logics of social action; the nature of knowledge, including popular knowledge; forms of mediation; and ‘political’ strategies. Following its successful publication in French (where it has run through several printings), this important book will provoke much thoughtful debate about appropriate theory and practice within Anthropology, Sociology and Development Studies. It is also particularly appropriate as an advanced text for students in these fields. Printed Pages: 252.

Title: Anthropology and Development: Understanding Contemporary

Author Name: Jean-Pierre Olivier de Sardan

Categories: India, Development,

Publisher: New Delhi, Rawat Publications: 2018

ISBN: 8131609537

ISBN 13: 9788131609538

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: New

Jacket Condition: New

Seller ID: 701984

Keywords: Anthropology and Development: Understanding Contemporary Jean-Pierre Olivier de Sardan