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Cultivating Development: An Ethnography of Aid Policy and Practice (Anthropology, Culture and Society) Paperback – 20 Nov 2004

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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Pluto Press; 4th ed. edition (20 Nov. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0745317987
  • ISBN-13: 978-0745317984
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 2.3 x 21.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 481,626 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Cultivating Development is a superb book, one of those rarities that can change entire ways of thinking. David Mosse is the first social scientist in a generation who can successfuly take cutting-edge insights from academic anthropology and use them to explain practical problems in development. David Mosse's subtle exploration of both theory and fieldwork produces a number of counter-intuitive but undoubtedly correct findings, such as the fascinating discussion of "the tyrrany of particiaption", and his pleasing prose make the book a genuine pleasure to read. For anyone interested in development, "Cultivating Development" is a do-not-miss experience. (Scott Guggenheim, Lead Social Scientist, The World Bank)

Strongly argued, vividly illustrated and fluently written, Cultivating Development conjures up a world of projects and policy-making immediately recognisable to development professionals everywhere. Its provocative thesis challenges the received wisdom of htat world and compels us to examine afresh the politics and ethics of engaging with development. Amid the profusion of literature in this feild, this book stands apart as an insider's account that is consistently critical yet steadfast in respecting its subjects. Highly recommended. (Amita Baviskar, Visiting Professor, Department of Cultural and Social Anthropology, Stanford University)

Mosse describes how a development project finds ways of working itself out and how these ways are rarely based on policy in the way that we usually assume but that they can nevertheless be turned into policy after the event. Any development professional will find many scenarios and episodes that are recognisable here. As the many entry points slowly build up intyo a rich and thick description of the projects's world, it becomes clear that this candid depiction forces us to engage with candid questions especially about the book's two principal concepts: practice and policy. (Ingie Hovland, Development Policy Review)

Mosse's book is a brave and crucial work which dismantles the accepted orthodoxies about the making of development by development agencies. Everyone with an interest in development - whether practitioner or critic - should read this book. (Dinah Rajak, Development in Practice)

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'A superb book, one of those rarities that can change entire ways of thinking. David Mosse is the first social scientist in a generation who can successfuly take cutting-edge insights from academic anthropology and use them to explain practical problems in development. ... For anyone interested in development, Cultivating Development is a do-not-miss experience.' Scott Guggenheim, Lead Social Scientist, The World Bank / '[Mosse's] provocative thesis challenges the received wisdom of that world and compels us to examine afresh the politics and ethics of engaging with development. Amid the profusion of literature in this feild, this book stands apart as an insider's account that is consistently critical yet steadfast in respecting its subjects. Highly recommended.' Amita Baviskar, Visiting Professor, Department of Cultural and Social Anthropology, Stanford University --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4.0 out of 5 stars A tool to understand aid policy 22 Dec. 2010
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Mosse's book is an important tool to whom will develop studies on issues related to policy formulation in developing countries. His excellent methodological approach on a comprehensive idea of 'development' as a social cathegory really contributes to the aid policy understanding.
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