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Title:Facing up to the development agenda: is anthropology in the core or periphery?
Author:Kareithi, Joram N.ISNI
Year:1998
Periodical:African Anthropology (ISSN 1024-0969)
Volume:5
Issue:1
Period:March
Pages:33-54
Language:English
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic terms:Kenya
Africa
Subjects:Turkana
development
anthropology
Development and Technology
Anthropology and Archaeology
Anthropology, Folklore, Culture
Applied anthropology
Abstract:The participation of anthropologists in development work has caused debates within and outside the discipline. But, as A. Hoben observed a decade ago, the contributions of anthropology in development work did not lie in the application of anthropological theories and accumulated knowledge, but in confronting the assumptions of the development paradigm with ethnographic findings. The author illustrates this view with reference to the practice of anthropology in Kenya and the social, economic and environmental consequences of development projects for pastoralists, in particular the Turkana, where the poor performance of projects has stemmed largely from the application of stock and grassland management concepts that assumed an ecological equilibrium. The author explores the role of anthropology in development work, and points out that the existence and growth of anthropology in many postcolonial countries has been shaped by anthropological involvement in development projects. Anthropologists must confront the broader issues this raises in order to determine the contribution they can make to society, and to the discipline as a whole. The author illustrates his point with reference to his work as a Kenyan anthropologist in Kenya. Bibliogr.
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