Nongovernmental Organizations: Anthropological and Historical Aspects

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This article reviews the brief history of the NGO, including its relation to development, neoliberalism, the United Nations, and mutual aid organizations. NGOs gather and render actionable forms of knowledge from diverse locations, at the interface of financial infrastructures and fields of organizational power. Like ethnography, NGOs render local forms of embodied knowledge explicit, quantifiable, and commensurate with knowledge in other locations of the globe. This has made them a popular if problematic location for fieldwork. As a flexible socio-technology, the NGO form interpolates global flows of knowledge, power, and finance.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationInternational Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences: Second Edition
PublisherElsevier Inc.
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9780080970875
ISBN (Print)9780080970868
StatePublished - Mar 26 2015
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Social Sciences


  • Action research
  • Charity
  • Civil society
  • Development
  • Fieldwork
  • Globalization
  • Human rights
  • Humanitarianism
  • Knowledge
  • NGOs
  • Neoliberalism
  • Political anthropology
  • Religion
  • Social Enterprise
  • United Nations


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