An Ethnography of Ngo Practice in India : Utopias of Development, Hardback Book

An Ethnography of Ngo Practice in India : Utopias of Development Hardback

Part of the New Ethnographies series



Through an ethnographic study of the 'Barefoot College', an internationally renowned non- governmental development organisation (NGO) situated in Rajasthan, India, this book investigates the methods and practices by which a development organisation materialises and manages a construction of success.

Paying particular attention to the material processes by which success is achieved and the different meanings and discourses that they act to perform, this book offers a timely and novel approach to how the world of development NGOs and development ideologies work.

The author argues that the College, as a prolific producer of various forms of development media, achieves its success through materially mediated heterotopic spectacles: enacted and imperfect utopias that constitute the desires, imaginings and Otherness of its society.

The chapters that follow consider the different scenarios through which success was realised at the College. -- .


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 192 pages, 12 black & white illustrations
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
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  • Category: Anthropology
  • ISBN: 9781784992996



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