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- DescriptionThe contributions are framed by a brief, but rich introductory chapter that contextualizes the anthropology of professional expert kwledge. The volume is concluded by a wonderful (in several meanings), entertaining essay by Raymond Apthorpe. * Forum for Development Studies By denying developing countries cultural specificity, aid agencies can arrogantly perpetuate their own insularity. This is fascinating and underexplored territory for anthropologists and development theorists alike, making this an important collection. * Times Literary Supplement Themes are...consistently woven throughout the book, particularly ethgraphic approaches considering mechanisms by which expert kwledge is transmitted...This book fills a gap in the consideration of expert kwledge and its application to consultancy that has t been addressed since Morris and Bastin (2004). * Anthropological Forum Anthropological interest in new subjects of research and contemporary kwledge practices has turned ethgraphic attention to a wide ranging variety of professional fields. Among these the encounter with international development has perhaps been longer and more intimate than any of the others. Anthropologists have drawn critical attention to the interfaces and social effects of development's discursive regimes but, oddly eugh, have paid scant attention to kwledge producers themselves, despite anthropologists being among them. This is the focus of this volume. It concerns the construction and transmission of kwledge about global poverty and its reduction but is equally interested in the social life of development professionals, in the capacity of ideas to mediate relationships, in networks of experts and communities of aid workers, and in the dilemmas of maintaining professional identities. Going well beyond obsolete debates about 'pure' and 'applied' anthropology, the book examines the transformations that occur as social scientific concepts and practices cross and re-cross the boundary between anthropological and policy making kwledge. David Mosse is Professor of Social Anthropology, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. He has also worked for Oxfam in south India, as a social development adviser for DFID, and as a consultant for various international development agencies. Recent books include Cultivating Development: An ethgraphy of aid policy and practice (2005); The Aid Effect: Giving and Governing in International development (2005, ed. with D. Lewis); and Development Translators and Brokers (2006, ed. with D. Lewis).
- Author BiographyDavid Mosse is Professor of Social Anthropology, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. He has also worked for Oxfam in south India, as a social development adviser for DFID, and as a consultant for various international development agencies. Recent books include Cultivating Development: An ethnography of aid policy and practice (2005); The Aid Effect: Giving and Governing in International development (2006, ed. with D.Lewis); and Development Translators and Brokers (2006, ed. with D.Lewis).
- Author(s)David Mosse
- PublisherBerghahn Books
- Date of Publication28/02/2011
- SubjectSocial Sciences: Textbooks & Study Guides
- Series TitleStudies in Public and Applied Anthropology
- Series Part/Volume Numberv. 6
- Place of PublicationOxford
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintBerghahn Books
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight505 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine15 mm
- Format DetailsLaminated cover
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