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Title:Anthropology and its applications within multidisciplinary teams
Author:Huggins, GregISNI
Year:1998
Periodical:African Anthropology (ISSN 1024-0969)
Volume:5
Issue:2
Period:September
Pages:120-142
Language:English
Notes:biblio. refs., ills.
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:development projects
anthropology
water
Anthropology and Archaeology
Anthropology, Folklore, Culture
Applied anthropology
Abstract:There are criticisms made within anthropology about development. However, to avoid participation is not necessarily the answer. Anthropologists should realize the need to redefine their role in development projects. There is scope for them to redefine the practice of development even if such engagement is fraught with difficulties. To illustrate the argument, the author recounts his experiences as an anthropologist-consultant to a series of engineering teams concerned with the Tugela-Mhlathuze Water Transfer Project and its ancillary Reconstruction and Development Programme project, the Middledrift Community Water Supply Scheme, located in parts of the Nkandla and Inkanyezi magisterial districts of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. He highlights some of the issues that became particularly problematic as he found himself ideologically allied to the project as it attempted to extend services to those marginalized by the apartheid era, but disturbed by project elements that sought to restrain the local voice. Notes, ref.
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