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Introductory chapter to anthology, 'Cultures of Doing Good: Anthropologists and NGOs' Ed. by Amanda Lashaw, Steven Sampson, and Christian Vannier, Under review-in press with Univ of Alabama Press., November 2015. Presented at the Roundtable on NGOgraphy, American Anthropological Association Annual Meetings, Denver, 17 November 2015. This chapter describes the dialectic between fieldwork engagement and ethnographic analysis of working with NGOs. In all the chapters in this collection, anthropologists must work out their relationship to the NGOs that they study, balancing engagement, support, objectivity, analysis, and reflection.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationFrom Cultures of Doing Good: Anthropologists and NGOs
EditorsAmanda Lashaw, Christian Vannier, Steven Sampson
PublisherUniversity of Alabama Press
ISBN (Electronic)978-0-8173-9153-9
ISBN (Print)978-0-8173-1968-7
Publication statusPublished - 2017 Nov 25

Publication series

NameNGOgraphies: Ethnographic Reflections on NGOs
PublisherUniversity of Alabama Press

Bibliographical note

This is a DRAFT introductory chapter to a collection of articles on the anthropology of NGOs, of which I am a co-editor. The book has been published by University of Alabama Press in November 2017. The text of this chapter hias been slightly altered in the final publication. This chapter was presented at the Roundtable on NGOgraphies at the American Anthropological Association Annual Meetings in Denver, November 2015
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Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Social Anthropology

Free keywords

  • social anthropology
  • NGOs
  • non-government organizations
  • civil society
  • ethnography
  • ethnographic fieldwork
  • engagement
  • social movements.


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