An Anthropological Critique of Development: The Growth of Ignorance - Edited by Mark HobartLondon & New York: Routledge, 1995, Paperback.
Condition: Near Fine. Previous owners' name to the upper wrapper verso.
A Later Printing. Includes: Diagrams; References;
From the cover: “The latest volume in the EIDOS series challenges the Utopian view of western knowledge as a uniquely successful achievement in its application to economic and social development. The contributors, all well-known European professional anthropologists with experience of development, provide an ethnographic and theoretical critique of western knowledge in action. They focus on the importance given in development to ‘experts’, who often turn previously active participants into passive subjects or ignorant objects.
Making use of detailed ethnographic case studies, from Europe, Africa, Asia and Latin America, the contributors examine the ways in which indigenous knowledges often prove more effective than expert western knowledge and explore the relationships between the two kinds of knowledge. They stress the importance of understanding knowledge in the particular contexts of its use and show how western experts, by dismissing local knowledges in favour of an exclusive scientific Knowledge, contribute to the growth of ignorance rather than the growth of knowledge.
Arguing strongly against the separation of theory and practice, An Anthropological Critique of Development bridges the gap between the practical concerns of developers and theoretical interest in the power implications of knowledge in the post-colonial world. It will be of great value to anthropologists and development workers in training and practice, and to geographers, economists, sociologists and political scientists.”