Anthropology and Development
Understanding Contemporary Social Change
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Anthropology and Development by Jean-Pierre Olivier de Sardan
Book DescriptionThis book re-establishes the relevance of mainstream anthropological (and sociological) approaches to development processes and simultaneously recognizes that contemporary development ought to be anthropology's principal area of study. Professor 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. 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 socio-anthropology 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; forms of mediation; and 'political' strategies.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781842774175
(234mm x 152mm x 17mm)
Imprint: Zed Books Ltd
Publisher: Zed Books Ltd
Publish Date: 20-Jan-2005
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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Author Biography - Jean-Pierre Olivier de Sardan
Jean-Pierre Olivier de Sardan is Professor of Anthropology at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Marseilles and Director of Research at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique in Paris
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