Pour une anthropologie symétrique entre "développeurs" et "développés"

Abstract : When studying development projects, some anthropologists refuse to investigate symmetrically " developed " and " developers ", with the same weberian comprehensive postulate they claim for the populations they usually study. Analyzing two cases, this paper shows that this leads to non rigorous demonstration and biased interpretation. While they claim such a symmetric methodology, numbers of studies in French development anthropology tend to neglect the institutional frameworks of development projects and developers' concrete practices and representations. Important parts of what are concretely development projects, such as institutional configurations, practitioners' reflexivity, pro-jects as socio-technique processes, are thus left under analyzed, even if they give new light on the reality of development projects.
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Philippe Lavigne Delville. Pour une anthropologie symétrique entre "développeurs" et "développés". Cahiers d'études africaines, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, 2011, pp.491-509. ⟨ird-00734424⟩

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