Join our Email List Berghahn Books Logo

berghahn New York · Oxford

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Youtube
  • Instagram
Hope and Insufficiency: Capacity Building in Ethnographic Comparison

View Table of Contents

Of Related Interest

See Related
Anthropology Journals

Email Newsletters

Sign up for our email newsletters to get customized updates on new Berghahn publications.

Click here to select your preferences

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 Published (September 2021)

ISBN  978-1-80073-100-4 $27.95/£22.95 Pb Published (September 2021)

eISBN 978-1-80073-101-1 eBook

Hb Pb View cartYour country: United States - edit   Buy the eBook! $27.95 Request a Review or Examination Copy (in Digital Format) Recommend to your Library Available in GOBI®


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).

Subject: Theory and Methodology Anthropology (General)