Publisher description for Anthropology for development : the pontential of a revitalized social science for understanding contemporary social change / Jean-Pierre Olivier de Sardan.


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This 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. 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.


Library of Congress subject headings for this publication: Applied anthropology Africa, Social change Africa, Africa Social conditions