Anthropology of Development


Critically discuss the different theoretical perspectives around the issues of development;
Characterise the issues of development the perspective of anthropology;
Encourage discussion of ideas around developmentalist discourses and practices;
Contextualize the impacts of policies and practices of development at local, national, regional and global levels;
Promote theoretical and methodological competences around the involvement of anthropologists in planning and evaluation of development projects.

General characterization





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Weekly - 3 letivas + 1 tutorial

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Teaching language





ESCOBAR, A. (1991) Anthropology and the development encounter: The making and marketing of development Anthropology, American Ethnologist, Vol. 18, No. 4, 658-682.
HOBEN, A. (1982) Anthropologists and development, Annual Review of Anthropology, Vol. 11, pp. 349-375.
MILANDO, J, (2005) Cooperação sem Desenvolvimento, Lisboa, ICS – Instituto de Ciências Sociais.
STIRRAT, R. (2000) Cultures of consultancy, Critique of Anthropology, Vol. 20(1), 31–46.
WATTS, M. (2001) Development ethnographies, Ethnography 2001, 2, pp. 283-300.

Teaching method

The seminars rest on the reading of relevant texts, recommended for each session, by all the students and the discussion of the proposed themes.

Evaluation method

Participation in seminars by discussing texts with important contributions in the discussions of the topics proposed (50%). Essay with a maximum of 50,000 characters using at least four references from the bibliography suggested to the seminars (50%).

Subject matter

Concepts and theories of development;
Narratives about cooperation and development;
Discourses and practices of organizations linked to development;
Development dynamics and the role of political and economic elites;
Participation of anthropologists in planning and managing development projects.


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