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Cultivating Development: An Ethnography of Aid Policy and Practice (Anthropology Culture and Society)

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Development agencies and researchers are preoccupied with policy; with exerting influence over policy, linking research to policy and with implementing policy around the world. But what if development practice is not driven by policy? Suppose that the things that make for 'good policy' - policy that legitimises and mobilises political support - in reality make it impossible to implement? By focusing in detail on the unfolding activities of a development project in western India over more than ten years, as it falls under different policy regimes, this book takes a close look at the relationship between policy and practice in development. David Mosse shows how the actions of development workers are shaped by the exigencies of organisations and the need to maintain relationships rather than by policy; but also that development actors work hardest of all to maintain coherent representations of their actions as instances of authorised policy. Raising unfamiliar questions, Mosse provides a rare self-critical reflection on practice, while refusing to endorse current post-modern dismissal of development.

Synopsis:

Critiques the very essence of development policy, especially the complex relationship between policy and practice and role of participation.

About the Author

David Mosse is Senior Lecturer in Social Anthropology at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. He is author of The Rule of Water: Statecraft, Ecology and Collective Action in South India (Oxford University Press, 2003).

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements

Glossary and abbreviations

1. Introduction: The Ethnography of Policy and Practice

2. Framing a Participatory Development Project

3. Tribal Livelihoods and the Development Frontier

4. The Goddess and the PRA: Local Knowledge and Planning

5. Implementation: Regime and Relationships

6. Consultant Knowledge

7. The Social Production of Development Success

8. Aid Policy and Project Failure

9. Aspirations for Development

10. Conclusions and Implications

Bibliography

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780745317984
Editor:
Mosse, David
Publisher:
Pluto Press (UK)
Editor:
Mosse, David
Author:
Mosse, David
Location:
London
Subject:
Anthropology - Cultural
Subject:
Economic Development
Subject:
Developing countries
Subject:
Rural development
Subject:
Economic assistance
Subject:
Economic assistance, British.
Subject:
Rural development projects.
Subject:
Third World Development
Subject:
Development - Economic Development
Subject:
Anthropology - General
Subject:
Development & Growth
Subject:
Economic development -- Sociological aspects.
Subject:
Economic assistance -- Political aspects.
Subject:
anthropology;cultural anthropology
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Anthropology Culture and Society
Series Volume:
46
Publication Date:
20041231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
2 maps
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.25 in

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