Spring 2014

Anthropology of Development

Listed in: Anthropology and Sociology, as ANTH-340


Ana M. Araujo (Section 01)


This course is an in-depth exploration of theories and strategies of international development as they have been applied in the Global South since the second half of the twentieth century. We will discuss how the discourses and practices of development produce global inequality and construct parts of the world as underdeveloped. Development strategies will be examined from a cultural and historical perspective. The course will pay significant attention to how the development problem and its solutions are constructed within liberal, Marxist, poststructuralist, and other theoretical frameworks in the field of development studies. We will examine the historical background of development by situating it within the rise and consolidation of capitalism and modernity. The impact of the application of development models will be explored through ethnographic case studies. We conclude by analyzing some of the alternative forms of development and post-development approaches proposed by academics, activists, and communities.

Requisite: ANTH 112. Limited to 25 students. Not open to first-year students. Spring semester. Visiting Professor Araujo.

If Overenrolled: Preference will be given to senior and junior anthropology majors. Required previous course(s) for enrollment: Anth112. Not open to first year students.


2022-23: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Spring 2013, Spring 2014