Hope and Insufficiency: Capacity Building in Ethnographic Comparison

Rachel Douglas-Jones (Editor), Justin Shaffner (Editor)

Research output: Book / Anthology / Report / Ph.D. thesisBookResearchpeer-review


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.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherBerghahn Books
Number of pages180
ISBN (Print) 978-1-80073-100-4
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-80073-101-1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sept 2021


  • Capacity Building
  • Anthropology
  • Critical Analysis
  • Histories and Assumptions
  • Government and Organizations
  • Biomedical Training
  • Fieldwork
  • Environmental Campaigns
  • Persuasive Power
  • Information Science Ontology


Dive into the research topics of 'Hope and Insufficiency: Capacity Building in Ethnographic Comparison'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this