Development Economics on Trial The Anthropological Case for a Prosecution

ISBN-10: 0521310962
ISBN-13: 9780521310963
Edition: N/A
Authors: Polly Hill
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Description: Polly Hill's provocative new book examines the disastrous gulf that currently separates development economics from its sister discipline, economic anthropology. Working with material from the rural tropical world, much of it collected at first hand  More...

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Book details

List price: $54.00
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 6/26/1986
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 216
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.550
Language: English

Polly Hill's provocative new book examines the disastrous gulf that currently separates development economics from its sister discipline, economic anthropology. Working with material from the rural tropical world, much of it collected at first hand in West Africa and South India, Dr Hill demonstrates in the first, polemical part of her book how very unreliable and western-biased are the assumptions on which most development economists base their theoretical work. She shows in particular that misleading official statistics are handled uncritically, that the significance of innate rural inequality is consistently ignored and the revered concepts such as the 'population explosion' are in anthropological terms largely meaningless. The longer second part of the book illustrates the enormous relevance and potential of economic anthropology for economists by looking in turn at the true complexity of farming households, labour and inheritance; at debt, social stratification and economic inequality, and at problems connected with the sale of land, the role of women and migration. Taken overall, Development Economics on Trial represents a powerful and urgent plea for co-operation.

Acknowledgments
Preface
Preamble
Appendix
hy country people are not peasants
he vain search for universal generalizations: the relevance of economic inequality
he vain search for universal generalizations: The poor quality of official statistics
he vain search for universal generalizations: historicist fallacies
ause: how can the impasse be resolved?
he logical necessity for economic inequality within rural communities
he farming household: its defects as a statistical unit
he need to be indebted
he flexibility of inheritance systems
The neglect of farm-labouring systems
Misconceptions about migration
The neglect of women
The sale of farmland
Rural class stratification? Postscript
Glossary and place names
References
Index

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