Development: Social-Anthropological Aspects

A. Peter Castro, David W. Brokensha

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Anthropology and development as institutional practices share a common origin in the unequal power relations among peoples that shaped the modern world. Humanitarian and reformist impulses existed from the discipline's earliest days regarding the societies that served as its focus of study. Colonial administrations provided the initial setting for applied anthropology concerned with social betterment. International development was launched after World War II, prioritizing economic growth, with quality of life, equity, and sustainability later emphasized as well. Neoliberal policies and globalization once again stress growth. The rise of China, India, and other newly industrializing countries is challenging conventional views of a Western-dominated world.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationInternational Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences: Second Edition
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9780080970875
ISBN (Print)9780080970868
StatePublished - Mar 26 2015


  • Colonialism
  • Development, Economics of
  • Development: Rural Development Strategies
  • Development: Social
  • Development: Socioeconomic Aspects
  • Financial Institutions in Economic Development
  • Globalization, Anthropology of

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences


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