In the past ten years there has been a shift in the field of anthropology towards working with and studying organisations. Anthropologists Inside Organisations addresses this need by bringing together seven diverse case studies based in/on South Asian countries, analysing how anthropologists have negotiated issues that arise from interacting with organisations. The book emphasises methodology and fresh empirical research. It also provides rich and detailed examples of how different researchers have managed to work within constraints imposed by organizations.

Studying World Bank Nutrition Politics and Policy in Tamil Nadu

Studying World bank nutrition politics and policy in Tamil Nadu
DeviSridhar

Introduction

When I embarked on fieldwork on the World Bank, I initially assumed it would be similar to my experience in rural Tamil Nadu. I thought that I could knock on doors, stroll in and chat informally with staff over tea. In the course of research, I realised that traditional anthropological methods devised for the study of non-Western societies are not easily translated to study an organisation. In this chapter, I describe the problems that I encountered with attempting to ‘study-up’ and the difficulties in using traditional anthropological methodology to research the World Bank. I begin by outlining my research objectives then discussing critical issues that emerged ...

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