Anthropology of Development|
Fall 2008 not offered
|Course Cluster: Southern Asia Studies|
Our purpose in this course will be to critically explore the notion and phenomenon of development through an anthropological lens--that is, to focus on what is cultural about development. We will examine the various ways in which development has been conceptualized, approached, and critiqued by different sets of theorists. We will begin by looking at the orthodox (modernization) and political economic paradigms of development. We will then explore the more recent anthropological studies of development. These critical analyses of development argue that development operates as a regime of representation and power that creates people's and nations' identities (such as poor, underdeveloped, and modern) and then exerts control over them. However, instead of assuming that development works as a monolithic and totalizing force that only exerts power over people, we will look at ethnographies that show how development is received, understood, and sometimes contested by people at the grassroots level. In other words, we will examine how development operates as a fertile and productive terrain that not only disciplines people but also allows spaces for negotiation. We will also examine how gender figures into these different analyses.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (ANTH)(CGST-MN)(ENVS-MN)(ENVS)(FGSS)(SISP-Anth Conc)
W.W. Rostow, Talcott Parsons, Clifford Geertz, Paul Baran, Andre G. Frank, Cardoso and Faletto, Arturo Escobar, Gustavo Esteva, James Ferguson, Cooper and Packard, Jonathan Crush, Stacey Leigh Pigg, Naila Kabeer, Arundhati Roy, Wolfgang Sachs, Majid Rahnema and others.
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Short response papers, midterm exam, and final paper.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
Attendance at first class is required.
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