Anthropology | Development and Anthropology
E490 | 0460 | Clark

Is development a dream, an industry or a catastrophe?  The question is an
urgent one for societies affected by intentionally managed socioeconomic
change, and for those of us contemplating work and research projects among
them.  This course considers the varied and contradictory meanings
development has for international agencies, donor and national
governments, non-governmental organizations, multinational corporations
and local citizens wanting a better life.  We start by surveying
conservative, critical and radical approaches to development theory.  We
then examine the relations between theory and practice as these models are
enacted in concrete policy arenas such as structural adjustment,
irrigation and soil conservation.  African examples and contexts receive
the most attention, but comparisons with other continents are substantial.
E490 can fulfill the Intensive Writing Requirement.