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Amazonia Lecture 3

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Andrea Muehlebach

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Lecture 3: A Future for Amazonia Readings: Chapters 4 and 5 - Talking a lot about Cofan logics and how they view the world - In the two chapters, one is about NGO and the other is about scientific conservation effort - Do only Cofan have culture? Or do we as anthropologist think about NCO as a form of bureaucracy as well? Want Are We Doing Today? - Do only the Cofan have culture? - An introduction to the anthropology of organizations and bureaucracy - An introduction to the anthropology science - Watched a video from this website Anthropology of Organizations and Bureaucracy … - NGO has been transformed in fundamental ways o In order to get funding and money, they had to act in certain ways - How does one study NGO from anthro perspective? How to Study “Culture” in these Contexts? - How does an organization (such as a corporation) produce and distribute globally (Example McDonalds) - How does management integrate people of different ethnicities into the same work - What are the formal values and practices that are impose by the organization? o NGO (and institution of granting of branch) is a way to impose certain values and practices on the Cofan survival fund - What are the formal or informal concepts, values, meanings, and practices that organize a particular organizational form? o Mike talks a lot of technique about accountability that is so important in the NGO world o It creates a whole set of problems if you are working in a Cofan activist context Images from the Internet - Bureaucracy is not just a series of value, but also material practices o Paper work and leaving paper trail that is impotant - Entails authoratative structure o We had to stand in line, “good day and good bye” to burearcrat representatives o They have a lot of power over what we need  enter the counter, give us a VISA - Writing down is a feature of beaurcracy Bureaucracy - Has a lot of routine and repeitition - Little flexibility in bureaucracy When did anthropologists become interested in bureaucracy and organizations more generally? - One key moment was the publication of Laura Nader’s “Perspectives Gained From Studying Up” - They bring a whole set of values and ideas and ideologies about how one should organize conservation, or how NGO should be led - This means that anthropologists had to shift their unit of research o From a sense of studying a tribe as an isolated unit, and then all of a sudden, this is very obscured to separate tribal unit from the state that shape its existence - Anthropologists shifted their unit of analysis towards cultural formations that had impacts on these smaller scale wholes - She said that anthropologists always studied “down”  racism o She says we need to look at the locations where power is actually produced 
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