Liminality

  Second Response to Silke Roth's "The Paradoxes of Aid Work: Passionate Professionals" Liminality. Silke Roth does a superb job of presenting the realities of aid-workers and pre-aid-workers (those deciding whether or not to enter into Aidland) in her book, "The Paradoxes of Aid Work: Passionate Professionals." He describes the typical aid-worker as a liminal … Continue reading Liminality

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Intersections of Gender and Aid Work

    Intersections of Gender and Aid Work As a twenty-one year old female who will be graduating in the Spring, Silke Roth’s chapter titled, Doing gender in Aidland, in her book, "The Paradox of Aid Work: Passionate Professionals," strongly resonated with me. Roth structures the book into seven chapters, assessing various components and characteristics of “Aidland,” … Continue reading Intersections of Gender and Aid Work

“Modernization & Development”

  In my Native Cultures of Latin America anthropology class this semester, we read an article in The Economist titled, “Of Cars & Carts” on the development of Mexico. Within the article, The Economist graphically describes and defines certain parts of Mexico as “shabby” and a “long way from wealth and modernity” (The Economist 2015:1). … Continue reading “Modernization & Development”

Critique of Timothy T. Schwartz, Ph.D. and his book, “Travesty in Haiti”

  Critique of Timothy Schwartz's "Travesty in Haiti"  As students of anthropology, we are taught to “objectively” observe, interpret, and report on things we experience - be it large, systemic patterns operating in the world or micro-level interactions with individuals within a community. I use quotation marks around the word objectively because it is a … Continue reading Critique of Timothy T. Schwartz, Ph.D. and his book, “Travesty in Haiti”

Response to Dambisa Moyo’s “Dead Aid: Why Aid Is Not Working And How There Is a Better Way for Africa”

Response to Dambisa Moyo's "Dead Aid: Why Aid Is Not Working And How There Is a Better Way for Africa" Dead Aid: Why Aid Is Not Working and How There Is a Better Way for Africa is uniquely poignant and henceforth, cogent, in that Dambisa Moyo, author of this work, is a female born and educated … Continue reading Response to Dambisa Moyo’s “Dead Aid: Why Aid Is Not Working And How There Is a Better Way for Africa”

Second Response to “The White Man’s Burden” by William Easterly

  Response 2 to "The White Man's Burden" by William Easterly William Easterly’s choice in book title, “The White Man’s Burden” comes cogently together in the second half of his book on “Why the West’s Efforts to Aid the Rest Have Done So Much Ill and So Little Good” in analyzing various potent examples of … Continue reading Second Response to “The White Man’s Burden” by William Easterly

Digesting “The White Man’s Burden” by William Easterly

Response to "The White Man’s Burden" by William Easterly In digesting the vast, expansive, and muddled issue of poverty it is important to understand that poverty is a vast, expansive, and muddled issue that does not come with a microwaveable pre-packaged “quick-fix” option. Rather, instead, it is crucial that policymakers and “altruistic” individuals (those who … Continue reading Digesting “The White Man’s Burden” by William Easterly

Complexities of Humanitarian Aid – Beginning to Understand

What struck me most in my Humanitarian Aid Debate senior seminar this semester at the College of William & Mary was the most obvious yet opaque fact about humanitarian aid – that it is a major factor in the continuation of conflicts. I typically tend toward optimism and hope rather than skepticism and despair yet … Continue reading Complexities of Humanitarian Aid – Beginning to Understand