Anthropology of Resources


Anthropology of Resources

For discussing and sharing ideas on the politics and culture of natural resources: from local imaginations of resources and their constitution as particular kinds of substances, to the global processes of resource governance.

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This is a course programme and reading list by Dan Jorgensen - and maybe a start for further exchanges of syllabi and bibliographies on the anthropology of resources...

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Started by ESWARAPPA KASI. Last reply by Ranjan Lekhy Dec 18, 2009.

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Comment by Cecilia Montero Mórtola on August 23, 2019 at 10:53am
Comment by Gisa Weszkalnys on January 11, 2012 at 11:32pm

Since organising the panels at EASA 2010 (and at AAA 2010), which I wrote about in a comment back then, Tanya Richardson and I have continued our research on natural resources (individually and in collaboration with each other) . We've been successful in receiving funding from the Wenner Gren Foundation and the Canadian SSHRC for a colloquium "Engaging Resources: New Anthropological Perspectives on Natural Resource Environments". This will be a workshop style event, to be held in April this year, with invited participants where we hope to develop a strong anthropological perspective on the issue. Please visit the dedicated colloquium website to find out more. There will also be a blog, open to contributions from anyone interested in the topic!

Comment by Gisa Weszkalnys on May 1, 2010 at 9:16am
The group is growing; that's great. It would be fantastic to see people post things here that they think might be of relevance to other members: be that work in progress, links to articles you've published or other websites, conference announcements, or curricula for related courses. If you have any other ideas, please, let me know. Looking forward to seeing your comments and posts.
Comment by Gisa Weszkalnys on December 6, 2009 at 3:46pm
Please take note of this workshop on the anthropology of natural resources at the EASA 2010 in Maynooth (Ireland) in August next year. The call for papers will open in mid-December.
Comment by Gisa Weszkalnys on November 29, 2009 at 5:31pm
I would like to invite comments on a review article on literature on the "recourse curse" in the Gulf of Guinea context, which I recently published in African Affairs.

Hopefully, this could start a discussion on the current state of affairs regarding economic and social anthropological theorising about this phenomenon.
Comment by Gisa Weszkalnys on September 20, 2009 at 10:08am
There's a conference in Brussels "Extractive Industries: Blessing or Curse" on 13 October 2009 (organised by Friends of the Earth). I won't be able to go, but would be interested to hear from anybody who had a chance to go...See:
Comment by ESWARAPPA KASI on September 19, 2009 at 7:18am
I am Dr. Eswarappa Kasi is currently Guest Faculty and taught a course titled ‘Tribes and Other Backward Communities in India’ to Integrated Masters (IMA) Students in the Special Centre for Integrated Studies (SCIS) and Department of Anthropology, University of Hyderabad, India during January- May 2009 Semester.
In the coming semester (July-December 2009), I will be teaching a course titled ‘Fieldwork and Research Methods’ to Integrated Masters (IMA) Students in the Special Centre for Integrated Studies (SCIS) and Department of Anthropology, University of Hyderabad, India.
PhD Topic: “An Anthropological Study of Livelihoods: A case of Two Sugali Settlements in Ananthapur District of Andhra Pradesh”.
Link to my PhD Thesis:
M.Phil Topic: “Developments and Change due to Sericulture: A Village Study” in Chittoor District. The study analyzes the upliftment of rural Livelihoods (sericulturists) of Kotha Indlu village, as a result of Implementation of Development programmes, as part of M.Phil.

Masters Dissertation: “Life Cycle Rituals among the Koyas of Boddugudem: An Ethnographic Study”. The study is conducted in the village of Boddugudem in ITDA, Bhadrachalam, to find out the role of life cycle rituals and their belief systems in their daily life activities, as part of MA course.
My new book based on my M.Phil Work is being published titled as ‘ANTHROPOLOGY AND DEVELOPMENT IN A GLOBALIZED INDIA: AN ETHNOGAPHY OF SERI-CULTURE FROM THE SOUTH’, Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing. Isbn13: 978-1-4438-1345-7, Isbn: 1-4438-1345-1
Book Link:
This book seeks to portray sericulture as a crop enterprise which is emerging as one of the foremost significance for theoretical and methodological understandings in the disciplines of sociology and social anthropology in India. Thus, anthropological analysis of sericulture and its emergence in development literature gives us an idea of the activity leading to further theoretical and critical studies. Anthropological understanding of sericulture and its development, as studied by scholars of different disciplines across the states of India, is therefore thoroughly explained. Sericulture is best suited to a country like India where manpower and land resources are in surplus. It generates direct and indirect employment in various ways. More and more farmers in India have taken up sericulture activity which, once confined to only five states, has now spread to almost all the states of India. Sericulture also creates gainful employment for women and aged people at home with minimum risk. Thus, the analysis clearly establishes the importance of sericulture over other agricultural practices in the generation of fresh employment opportunities in rural areas. Further, it is shown that as a predominant sector of rural development, stability is the vital requirement for sericulture enterprise.

Special Issue Editor- MAN IN INDIA Journal:
2009 Jointly with (Dr. R. Siva Prasad) Special issue Theme on ‘Issues and Perspectives in Anthropology Today’ for the Journal MAN IN INDIA, (Vol. 89, (I &2) 2009). In this anthology, we have taken a specific device to highlight the trends of research in anthropology and through which multifarious human dimensions conditioned by present day circumstances principally in Indian Contexts which have been explored.
Edited Books:
1) Dimensions of Social Exclusion: Ethnographic Explorations, jointly with K.M. Zoyauddin , Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, (http://www.c-s- Exclusion--Ethnographic-Explorations1- 4438-1342-7.htm). Isbn13:978-1-4438-1342-6, Isbn: 1-4438-1342-7
2) Ethnographic Discourse of the Other: Conceptual and Methodological Issues, jointly with Panchanan Mohanty, and Ramesh C. Malik , Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing (
ISBN: Isbn13: 9781847185839, ISBN: 1-84718-583-5 (Hardback)
ISBN 13: 978-1-4438-0132-4, ISBN: 1-4438-0132-1 (Paperback)
Edited Books (In Press):
1) Jointly With (Ramesh C. Malik) ‘Theory and Practice of Ethnography: Readings from the Periphery’ Rawat Publications, Jaipur, India.
The book Theory and Practice of Ethnography is an anthology of research papers contributed by illustrious scholars from India and abroad. Theoretical and empirical layout of the Ethnography, Language, Literature, Culture, Rethinking History and Social Development are significantly accentuated in the present book. Ethnography is highly entertained in the search of the concept of the other which is elaborately discussed in the book. The main emphasis of the contributions highlight the deprivation-economic, social, cultural and linguistic among the marginalized groups of Indian society mainly; women, tribal, and the downtrodden. Ethnography is both a process and a product, in this direction, the entire exercise in this volume focuses on applying the different methodological tools of ethnography.

2) ‘Rethinking Developmental Discourse in the 21st Century India’, New Delhi: Serials Publications, 2009.
In order to understand the dynamics of development in the 21st century India, an attempt is made in the book to address the themes which cover the range of theoretical and empirical understandings in the field of interdisciplinary works of scholars drawn from across the disciplines. Thus, it makes a link between field experiences and the classroom debates and discussions. The book also tried to portray the debates of contemporary developmental discourse and how far are they reaching to the common man or the poor in the contemporary Indian Society.
Comment by Dan Jorgensen on August 1, 2009 at 7:06pm
I would be happy to share (a tentative version of) my course outline if there is a means of uploading documents. Among other things, it contains a (brief) bibliography on some resource issue. Let me know if this is possible. Also, when I have time, I can post some useful links.
Comment by Gisa Weszkalnys on July 29, 2009 at 12:33pm
You might know this yahoo discussion group could be interesting for members of this group
Comment by Gisa Weszkalnys on July 29, 2009 at 12:25pm
I would like to start a continuously updated bibliography of anthropological (and related) literature as a contribution to this group. If members send me bibliographic references to texts, books, articles, etc. they have read, I will compile, regularly update and post it on this group's page.

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