[F&ES 882a/ANTH 582b] / 2014-2015

The Black Box of Implementation: Households, Communities, Gender

Credits: 3
Fall 2014: Time and location TBA


KThe implementation of development and conservation projects has been described as existing in a “black box”: development and conservation policy (even participatory policy) is often not defined to inform effective implementation (Mosse 2004), and data on actual implementation is rarely incorporated into policy.  This course will examine the invisibility of implementation, and the common, mistaken assumptions about implementation targets (like households, communities, and gender) that take the place of absent data in policy. The course will also make an effort to use anthropology to shed light into this black box, to allow students to think more critically about the incredibly varied and dynamic social field in which project implementation occurs.  Political and economic aspects of relations within households and communities, particularly gender relations, will be examined, in all of their complexity, variation, and dynamism.  The real focus of the course will not, however, be the contents of the black box, but the political and economic relations between households, communities, and gender, on the one hand, and the world of development and conservation, on the other. How do households and communities (with all their political, economic, and gender differences) respond to the differential opportunities and restrictions that development and conservation introduce?  What are the implications of the fact that those responses are often invisible to policy makers? No prerequisites. Three hours lecture/seminar.

F&ES 882 is a prerequisite for:
F&ES 869: Disaster, Degradation, Dystopia: Social Science Approaches to Environmental Perturbation and Change