This article examines how anthropology's emphasis on the traditional values of peasants reflected the general precepts of 'modernization theory', the dominant development discourse of the Cold War era. It explores how such ideas lent credibility to the U.S. strategy of 'community development' as a central part of its response to radical rural change. Special attention is paid to the Cornell-Peru Project at Vicos in the Peruvian highlands, which attained legendary status as a case of applied anthropology, but is here examined in relationship to the strategies of the U.S. power elite and Cold War government policies.
Anthropology, Peasants and 'Community Development'
Eric B. Ross
A Social Enterprise Approach to Sustainability Education
groups, and we were hired by the city to do a series of workshops at a new Parks and Recreation facility in a marginalised neighbourhood. Goodwork, a local community development non-profit organisation, assisted us to organise ourselves better as a
Reflections on Community Mapping
Liam Campbell and Iain Mackinnon
Since 2007 the Irish government have prevented the fisher-men of the Donegal islands of Arranmore, Tory and Inishbofin from engaging in their generations-old drift-net salmon fishery. We have been involved in supporting the islanders as they organise themselves to find ways to oppose the ban. In this dialogue we reflect on some aspects of our involvement.
Health, Justice and the Persistence of the Sacred
James R. Cochrane
The essay refers to a concern for social justice in the origins of public health, borne in part by religious commitments, and to more recent expressions of a similar concern in debates about health equity. Equity, moreover, is affected by discursive power relations (dominant/hegemonic versus local/suppressed), which are discussed in relation to current research in the African Religious Health Assets Programme on the interaction of particular 'healthworlds' (a conceptual innovation) that shape the choices and behaviour of health-seekers. Two background theoretical positions guide the argument: Amartya Sen's claim that development is linked to freedom (including religious freedom); and, building on Sen's and Martha Nussbaum's human capabilities theory, an asset-based community approach to the building or reconstruction of public health systems. On this basis, it is argued that health systems and health interventions are just to the extent that they mediate between the necessary leadership or polity from 'above' (techné) and the experience and wisdom (métis) of those who are 'below', taking into account the asymmetries of power that this equation represents. Because difference and diversity are so often expressed in what we might reasonably call 'religious' terms, I specifically emphasize the continuing persistence of religion and, hence, the importance of accounting for its pertinence in social theory generally, and in relation to discourses of health and justice in the African context specifically. Acknowledging the ambiguities of religion, I nevertheless argue that an appreciative alignment between public health systems and religious or faith-based initiatives in health promotion, prevention and care is crucial to sustainable and just health systems in Africa.
Trans-sectoral partnerships, sustainability research and the oil and gas industry in Russia
Notes on Seminar 1: ‘Sustainable Community Development, Social Impact Assessment and Anthropological Expert Review’ (26 November 2004, Scott Polar Research Institute, Cambridge) and Seminar 2: ‘A Sustainable Future for Sakhalin Island?’ (9 March 2005, Leicester University)
Old and New Challenges
This paper is based on the outcomes of a think tank on formal Jewish education in Europe, organized by the JDC International Centre for Community Development, in October 2010, Oxford, England and attended by key professionals in the field across Europe. If Jewish education is thriving in the major centers of Jewish life across the continent, there are still a number of issues and dilemmas that remain undiscussed by the professionals and educators working in Europe. Also, this paper stresses the need for Jewish schools to start profiting from, at all levels, an intra- European dialogue.
Transforming Amerindian Sociality in Peruvian Amazonia
some insights into the overlap between the aims of the SIL and that of the Peruvian government for the Amahuaca, as I shall now go on to show. The SIL’s historical role and community development In the 1940s, the Peruvian government’s interest was to
Girls and Technologies of Nonviolence
discourse, community development, and freedom from repressive social structures. Indeed, while online sites are notorious for cyberviolence, increased risk, and vulnerability, they are similarly acknowledged for their emancipatory and empowering
Tower block failure discourse and economies of risk management in London's Olympic Park
contested declarations of failure “do”. It examines how “placemaking” professionals—planners, architects, housing managers, regeneration, and community development practitioners—engaged in the construction of Chobham Manor, a new neighborhood in East London
The Benelux and the Nordic countries compared
-up Europeanization ( Radaelli, 2006, p. 60 , cited in Lightfoot, 2010, pp. 330–331 ). In development policies, the integration process has deeply molded the community development policies, from the early Yaoundé Convention (1964–1975) focusing mainly on French