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This book re-establishes the relevance of mainstream anthropological (and sociological) approaches to development processes and simultaneously recognizes that contemporary development ought to be anthropology's principal area of study. The introduction provides a thought-provoking examination of the principal new approaches that have emerged in the discipline during the 1990s. Part I then makes clear the complexity of social change and development, and the ways in which socio-anthropology can measure up to the challenge of this complexity. Part II looks more closely at some of the leading variables involved in the development process, including relations of production; the logics of social action; the nature of knowledge; forms of mediation; and "political" strategies.
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Jean-Pierre Olivier de Sardan (born in Languedoc, 11 July 1941) is a leading French and Nigerien anthropologist, currently Professor of Anthropology at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Marseilles.
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