The Anthropology of Development

Subject associations
ANT 314 / ENE 314 / AFS 314
Fall 2021
Carolyn Rouse
Registrar description
Why do development projects fail? This course examines why well-meaning development experts get it wrong. It looks closely at what anthropologists mean by culture and why most development experts fail to attend to the cultural forces that hold communities together. By examining development projects from South Asia to the United States, students learn the relevance of exchange relations, genealogies, power, religion, and indigenous law. This semester the class will focus on energy in Africa.