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Culture and Public Action

Culture and Public Action - 04 edition

ISBN13: 978-0804747875

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ISBN13: 978-0804747875
ISBN10: 0804747873
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Publisher: Stanford University Press
Published: 2004
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Culture and Public Action - 04 edition

ISBN13: 978-0804747875

Vijayendra Rao and Michael Walton

ISBN13: 978-0804747875
ISBN10: 0804747873
Cover type:
Edition/Copyright: 04
Publisher: Stanford University Press

Published: 2004
International: No
Summary

How does culture matter for development? Do certain societies have cultures which condemn them to poverty? Led by Arjun Appadurai, Mary Douglas, and Amartya Sen, the anthropologists and economists in this volume contend that culture is central to development, and that cultural processes are neither inherently good nor bad and never static. Rather, they are contested and evolving, and can be a source of profound social and economic transformation through their influence on aspirations and collective action; yet they can also be exploitative, exclusionary, and can lead to inequality.

Culture and Public Action includes case studies from Africa, Asia, and Latin America, which examine the role of culture in community-based development, ethnic conflict, famine relief, gender discrimination, and HIV-AIDS policy. The editors conclude by proposing how a ''cultural lens'' can better inform future research and public policy on development. Accessible, balanced, and engaging, this book will be of interest to anyone concerned with the relationship between culture and economics, and the design and implementation of development policy.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction and Overview: Culture and Public Action
2. How Does Culture Matter?
3. The Capacity to Aspire: Culture and the Terms of Recognition
4. Traditional Culture, Let's Hear No More About It
5. Appendix to Mary Douglas
6. Social, Cultural, and Economic Values of Cultural Goods
7. Cultural Obstacles to Economic Development: Not Necessarily Real, Often Transitory
8. HIV/AIDS and Culture: Implications for Policy
9. Participatory Development: Where Culture Creeps in
10. State Policies and Women's Autonomy in China, The Republic of Korea, and India: 1950-2000: Lessons from Contrasting Experiences
11. Relief and an Understanding of Local Knowledge: The Case of Southern Sudan
12. Political Culture and Development
13. The Mayan Movement and National Culture in Guatamala
14. The Intellectual History of Culture and Development Institutions
15. Culture, Poverty, and External Intervention
16. Conclusion: Culture and Public Action

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