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Economics and Sustainable Development

knowledges that are possible from different locations.., tracing lines of possible alliance and common purpose between them" (p 39). But since the authors also point out the multiple connections between fieldwork practice and political realities, theory and ideology and especially the operations of power between the academic centre and periphery I expected to find a more solid treatment of the political quandary. If we reject, as we should, the anthropologist's traditional "methodological stance of privileged witnessing" (p 63), are we not thrown back into the also-traditional black hole of cultural relativism from which it is impossible to take a committed position or even to say anything definite at all?

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