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Development Brokers and Translators: the ethnography of aid and agencies

David Mosse, David Lewis| (eds)
Kumarian Press (May 2006)

The success of any international development agency depends on an understanding of the ways in which a community and individuals relate to ideas and resources. David Lewis and David Mosse have brought together a number of anthropologists engaged in development research to show how ethnography can be an indispensable tool for understanding these complex and dynamic relationships.

The world that this ethnography of development reveals does not divide neatly into the developers and the developed. It is a world in which interests and practices are always hybrids, where the realms of reason and the real world are not neatly separate, and in which rational policy representations frequently conceal the messiness of practice that precedes the ideas and technologies of development.

The wealth of new ideas offered in this collection will be especially valuable to graduate students in anthropology and development studies, but also to undergraduates and those working in development organisations who wish to run more effective operations on every level.

  • David Mosse is reader in social anthropology at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS)
  • David Lewis is reader in social policy at LSE.
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