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Hope and Insufficiency
Capacity Building in Ethnographic Comparison
Edited by Rachel Douglas-Jones and Justin Shaffner
180 pages, 4 illus., bibliog., index
ISBN 978-1-80073-099-1 $120.00/£89.00 Hb Not Yet Published (May 2021)
ISBN 978-1-80073-100-4 $27.95/£22.95 Pb Not Yet Published (May 2021)
eISBN 978-1-80073-101-1 eBook Not Yet Published
A process through which skills, knowledge, and resources are expanded, capacity building, remains a tantalizing and pervasive concept throughout the field of anthropology, though it has received little in the way of critical analysis. By exploring the concept’s role in a variety of different settings including government lexicons, religious organizations, environmental campaigns, biomedical training, and fieldwork from around the globe, Hope and Insufficiency seeks to question the histories, assumptions, intentions, and enactments that have led to the ubiquity of capacity building, thereby developing a much-needed critical purchase on its persuasive power.
Rachel Douglas-Jones is Associate Professor at the IT University of Copenhagen, where she co-directs the ETHOS Lab. Her recent publications include ‘A “Good” Ethical Review: Audit and Professionalism in Research Ethics’ (Social Anthropology, 2015) and ‘Claiming and Knowing the Real’ (Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, 2016).
Justin Shaffner is a member of the New Centre for Research and Practice. He is editor (with Huon Wardle) of Cosmopolitics: The Collected Papers of the Open Anthropology Cooperative, Vol-ume I (OAC Press, 2017).