Anthropology of Development


Anthropology of Development

A place to share thoughts and experience on anthropology OF and IN development, and social change.

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after post-development 3 Replies

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Sustainable development - could it all depend on the people's mindset? 2 Replies

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Development - What is It? 4 Replies

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Comment by Sara Arko on June 10, 2009 at 9:25am
I'm quite new to this vast field of/set of ideas on what is called development (crawling slowly to PhD), so for a start, I thought I'd share two lectures on "TED talks" by Hans Rosling (researcher on global health issues), dealing with statistics (which is a tool usually implemented for defining who "needs development") and more generally, change in the world. Found them quite interesting.
Comment by Sara Arko on June 10, 2009 at 9:37am
Comment by Nithya Sambasivan on July 18, 2009 at 6:40am
Hi everyone, I am a doctoral student at UC Irvine doing research on the role of technologies in socio-economic development. I just wrapped up a project where I did some research on women of urban slums in Bangalore.

I am curious to know what understandings of development have people incorporated or studied in their research. Looking fwd. to interacting with the group!
Comment by ESWARAPPA KASI on September 19, 2009 at 7:09am
I am Dr. Eswarappa Kasi is currently Guest Faculty and taught a course titled ‘Tribes and Other Backward Communities in India’ to Integrated Masters (IMA) Students in the Special Centre for Integrated Studies (SCIS) and Department of Anthropology, University of Hyderabad, India during January- May 2009 Semester.
In the coming semester (July-December 2009), I will be teaching a course titled ‘Fieldwork and Research Methods’ to Integrated Masters (IMA) Students in the Special Centre for Integrated Studies (SCIS) and Department of Anthropology, University of Hyderabad, India.
PhD Topic: “An Anthropological Study of Livelihoods: A case of Two Sugali Settlements in Ananthapur District of Andhra Pradesh”.
Link to my PhD Thesis:
M.Phil Topic: “Developments and Change due to Sericulture: A Village Study” in Chittoor District. The study analyzes the upliftment of rural Livelihoods (sericulturists) of Kotha Indlu village, as a result of Implementation of Development programmes, as part of M.Phil.

Masters Dissertation: “Life Cycle Rituals among the Koyas of Boddugudem: An Ethnographic Study”. The study is conducted in the village of Boddugudem in ITDA, Bhadrachalam, to find out the role of life cycle rituals and their belief systems in their daily life activities, as part of MA course.
My new book based on my M.Phil Work is being published titled as ‘ANTHROPOLOGY AND DEVELOPMENT IN A GLOBALIZED INDIA: AN ETHNOGAPHY OF SERI-CULTURE FROM THE SOUTH’, Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing. Isbn13: 978-1-4438-1345-7, Isbn: 1-4438-1345-1
Book Link:
This book seeks to portray sericulture as a crop enterprise which is emerging as one of the foremost significance for theoretical and methodological understandings in the disciplines of sociology and social anthropology in India. Thus, anthropological analysis of sericulture and its emergence in development literature gives us an idea of the activity leading to further theoretical and critical studies. Anthropological understanding of sericulture and its development, as studied by scholars of different disciplines across the states of India, is therefore thoroughly explained. Sericulture is best suited to a country like India where manpower and land resources are in surplus. It generates direct and indirect employment in various ways. More and more farmers in India have taken up sericulture activity which, once confined to only five states, has now spread to almost all the states of India. Sericulture also creates gainful employment for women and aged people at home with minimum risk. Thus, the analysis clearly establishes the importance of sericulture over other agricultural practices in the generation of fresh employment opportunities in rural areas. Further, it is shown that as a predominant sector of rural development, stability is the vital requirement for sericulture enterprise.

Special Issue Editor- MAN IN INDIA Journal:
2009 Jointly with (Dr. R. Siva Prasad) Special issue Theme on ‘Issues and Perspectives in Anthropology Today’ for the Journal MAN IN INDIA, (Vol. 89, (I &2) 2009). In this anthology, we have taken a specific device to highlight the trends of research in anthropology and through which multifarious human dimensions conditioned by present day circumstances principally in Indian Contexts which have been explored.
Edited Books:
1) Dimensions of Social Exclusion: Ethnographic Explorations, jointly with K.M. Zoyauddin , Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, (http://www.c-s- Exclusion--Ethnographic-Explorations1- 4438-1342-7.htm). Isbn13:978-1-4438-1342-6, Isbn: 1-4438-1342-7
2) Ethnographic Discourse of the Other: Conceptual and Methodological Issues, jointly with Panchanan Mohanty, and Ramesh C. Malik , Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing (
ISBN: Isbn13: 9781847185839, ISBN: 1-84718-583-5 (Hardback)
ISBN 13: 978-1-4438-0132-4, ISBN: 1-4438-0132-1 (Paperback)
Edited Books (In Press):
1) Jointly With (Ramesh C. Malik) ‘Theory and Practice of Ethnography: Readings from the Periphery’ Rawat Publications, Jaipur, India.
The book Theory and Practice of Ethnography is an anthology of research papers contributed by illustrious scholars from India and abroad. Theoretical and empirical layout of the Ethnography, Language, Literature, Culture, Rethinking History and Social Development are significantly accentuated in the present book. Ethnography is highly entertained in the search of the concept of the other which is elaborately discussed in the book. The main emphasis of the contributions highlight the deprivation-economic, social, cultural and linguistic among the marginalized groups of Indian society mainly; women, tribal, and the downtrodden. Ethnography is both a process and a product, in this direction, the entire exercise in this volume focuses on applying the different methodological tools of ethnography.

2) ‘Rethinking Developmental Discourse in the 21st Century India’, New Delhi: Serials Publications, 2009.
In order to understand the dynamics of development in the 21st century India, an attempt is made in the book to address the themes which cover the range of theoretical and empirical understandings in the field of interdisciplinary works of scholars drawn from across the disciplines. Thus, it makes a link between field experiences and the classroom debates and discussions. The book also tried to portray the debates of contemporary developmental discourse and how far are they reaching to the common man or the poor in the contemporary Indian Society.
Comment by Patty A. Gray on October 12, 2009 at 9:01am
Hello. I've just joined this group of many members and few comments. I live in Dublin and am based at the National University of Ireland Maynooth, where we have an MA in Anthropology and Development (we are the only anthropology department in the Republic of Ireland). I currently have project studying Russia's emergence as an international aid donor. The concept of development in this sense - sending aid abroad - is something entirely new for Russians, and most are responding to my queries with bemusement. It is fascinating.
Comment by Marek Mikus on October 27, 2009 at 1:14pm
Hi all, I've just started developing my PhD project at LSE looking at development projects in Serbia funded and part-implemented by other postsocialist countries, especially those in fields such as 'democratisation', 'civil society building', 'European integration' and the like. I will be interested in the place of international and local NGOs, identity processes and informal practices and networks in all this. I expect to start my fieldwork in the fall of 2010.

I'm about to begin looking for anthropologists/ethnologists in Serbian academic institutions to which I could be formally affiliated as a visiting scholar whilst I'm doing fieldwork there. This should serve two purposes: 1) consultation of my developing work with Serbian scholars, 2) application for an out-going scholarship from the International Visegrad Fund. If anyone knows reading this is a Serbian anthropologist interested in similar issues or knows one, I'll appreciate any recommendations. I know that, from the formal point of view, I'll need an institution (university/academic institute) to host me, but I'd like to start to negotiate this with a colleague sharing my interests and willing to provide advice so that it's all actually meaningful.
Comment by Nandasena Maddugoda on May 30, 2010 at 10:50pm
Dear friends - I just joined with this group.I am doing my PhD in University of Colombo.My subject area is Anthropology of Development.My questions are Development for whom,why, how and what.I like to gather experiences/research findings from mega development projects have implemented/implementing in developing countries.Thank you.
Comment by Tame Ramya (Tarh) on November 11, 2010 at 5:17pm
I am join just now to know more about the anthropology of development...pls guide me.
Comment by Daromir Rudnyckyj on November 12, 2010 at 1:24am
I am excited to announce the release of my new book, Spiritual Economies: Islam, Globalization, and the Afterlife of Development. The book is based on over two years of field research and analyzes efforts to promote a form of Islamic practice compatible with globalization and economic transformation in Indonesia.

More information is available at:
Comment by Riánsares Gómez Olmedilla on November 15, 2010 at 7:16pm
Hi everyone!
I've just finished History of arts, and Social and Cultural Anthropology at the Complutense University of Madrid. So I'm looking for my first job in anthropology and I'm so interested in Anthropology of development, so I hope this group is helpful!


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