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Adventures in Aidland


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List of Contributors Preface and Acknowledgements Chapter 1. Introduction: The Anthropology of Expertise and Professionals in International Development David Mosse Chapter 2. Calculating Compassion: Accounting for Some Categorical Practices in International Development Maia Green Chapter 3. Rendering Society Technical: Government Through Community and the Ethnographic Turn at the World Bank in Indonesia Tania Murray Li Chapter 4. Social Analysis as Corporate Product: Non-Economists/Anthropologists at Work at the World Bank in Washington DC David Mosse Chapter 5. The World Bank's Expertise: Observant Participation in the World Development Report 2006, Equity and Development Desmond McNeill and Asun Lera St.Clair Chapter 6. World Health and Nepal: Producing Internationals, Healthy Citizenship and the Cosmopolitan Ian Harper Chapter 7. The Sociality of International Aid and Policy Convergence Rosalind Eyben Chapter 8. Parochial Cosmopolitanism and the Power of Nostalgia Dinah Rajak and Jock Stirrat Chapter 9. Tidy Concepts, Messy Lives: Defining Tensions in the Domestic and Overseas Careers of UK Non-governmental Professionals David Lewis Chapter 10. Coda: Alice in Aidland, A Seriously Satirical Allegory Raymond Apthorpe Bibliography Index

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David Mosse is Professor of Social Anthropology, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. He has also worked for Oxfam in south India, as a social development adviser for DFID, and as a consultant for various international development agencies. Recent books include Cultivating Development: An ethnography of aid policy and practice (2005); The Aid Effect: Giving and Governing in International development (2005, ed. with D. Lewis); and Development Translators and Brokers (2006, ed. with D. Lewis).


"The contributions are framed by a brief, but rich introductory chapter that contextualizes the anthropology of professional expert knowledge. The volume is concluded by a wonderful (in several meanings), entertaining essay by Raymond Apthorpe." * Forum for Development Studies "By denying developing countries cultural specificity, aid agencies can arrogantly perpetuate their own insularity. This is fascinating and underexplored territory for anthropologists and development theorists alike, making this an important collection." * Times Literary Supplement "Themes are - consistently woven throughout the book, particularly ethnographic approaches considering mechanisms by which expert knowledge is transmitted - This book fills a gap in the consideration of expert knowledge and its application to consultancy that has not been addressed since Morris and Bastin (2004)." * Anthropological Forum

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