'Breaking Other People's Toys': Reflections on Teaching Critical Anthropology in Development Studies

  • Natalie Djohari
Keywords: anthropology of development, critical anthropology, identity, teaching anthropology


This paper explores the personal transformations of students learning critical anthropology on a Development Studies course. Students personal projects intertwine with their disciplinary and professional choices. I show how learning that radically challenges the development paradigm may lead to internal personal conflicts and life-project crises. How should teachers of anthropology design and teach such courses and what is the impact on students and on the disciplines?