Amanda Lashway, Christian Vannier and Steven Sampson (eds.): Culture of Doing Good: Anthropologists and NGOs
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This volume is edited by three academicians from prominent universities in the USA and Europe, consisting of Amanda Lashway who is a visiting assistant professor in the Education Department at the University of California, Santa Cruz; Christian Vannier, a lecturer in the Department of Anthropology and African Studies at the University of Michigan; and Steven Sampson, a Professor Emeritus of Social Anthropology at Lund University.
The main aim of the book is to provide a better understanding of the role of NGOs in the society through examining it from an anthropological lens: it goes beyond the traditional studies of NGOs and adopts the three essential features of anthropology (who they study, what they study and why they study it) to the field of NGOs. NGOs here are defined as voluntary, not profit seeking, autonomous and juridically corporate.
All the chapters in this book are building on conversations that started in 1990s and are “presenting a second generation of critical NGO...