Anthropology, Development, and Modernities: Exploring Discourses, Counter-Tendencies, and Violence


Anthropology, Development and Modernities uses anthropological perspectives to explore the diverse interpretations of modernity and development in today's world. For some people development projects have brought prosperity, optimism and opportunity but for others they have brought poverty, violence and a falling quality of life. This book provides a critical review of the varied interpretations of development and modernity, supported by rigorous case studies from the Netherlands, the former USSR, Tanzania, Sri Lanka and Guatemala. Together, the chapters in this volume demonstrate the crucial importance of looking to ethnography for guidance in shaping development policies.

Additional information

Includes content by:
  • Alberto Arce
  • Norman Long
  • Deniz Kandiyoti
  • Azza M. Karam
  • Eleanor Fisher
Publisher: Place of publication:
  • London
Publication year:
  • 2000


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