The academy has chosen to categorize development anthropology as the discipline's evil twin, since the livelihoods of those in the academy depend upon the intensive study of those whom development anthropology would change forever. But development anthropology can also be viewed as a project that provides a moral narrative, based on ethical concerns, that justifies involvement in the fate of others. These concerns are examined through four lenses: the postmodern critique of anthropology, an examination of what development anthropologists really do, the argument for an engaged anthropology, and the contribution of development ethics. By embedding development anthropology in this broader philosophical and historical context, it can then be viewed, and perhaps appreciated, as the discipline's moral--rather than its evil--twin.

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