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Prof David Mosse

Professor of Social Anthropology, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London


BA, MA (Oxon), DPhil (University of Oxford)
Professor of Social Anthropology, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London
Also: Member, Centre of South Asian Studies and SOAS Food Studies Centre
Formerly: Reader in Social Anthropology, SOAS
Areas: India, especially Tamil Nadu and adivasi western India; caste and religion, dalit politics, vernacular Christianity, environmental history, common property resources, indigenous irrigation, participatory rural development, aid agencies, anthropology of development
Research: Combine anthropology of development, environmental history and natural resources management, and South Asian society and popular religion. The politics of religious identity, and uses long-term historical and ethnographic research to examine the changing relationship between Christianity and predominantly Hindu south Indian society. environmental history, water resources management and state-community relations
Regions: India, especially Tamil Nadu and adivasi western India
Publications: Cultivating Development: An Ethnography of Aid Policy and Practice. London; Ann Arbor, MI.: Pluto Press. 2005. The Rule of Water. Statecraft, Ecology and Collective Action in South India. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 2003. Mosse, David and Lewis , David, eds. (2006) Development Brokers and Translators. The Ethnography of Aid and Agencies. Bloomfield, CT: Kumarian Press. Mosse, David and Lewis, David, eds. (2005) The Aid Effect: Giving and Governing in International Development. London: Pluto Press. Mosse, David and Farrington, John and Rew, Alan, eds. (1998) Development as Process: Concepts and Methods for Working With Complexity. Routledge (London)

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