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17: Seeing Like an Anthropologist - Anthropology in Practice (Cochrane)

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    • Identify ways in which “seeing like an anthropologist” differs from the approach to local cultures used by international development agencies.
    • Explain why “harmful traditional practices” are prioritized for change by development agencies and describe how negative attitudes toward these practices can be examples of “bad for them, okay for us.”
    • Assess the reasons why anthropological perspectives and techniques tend to have a limited impact on the design or goals of international development projects.