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Varieties of Activist Experience
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Varieties of Activist Experience
Civil Society in South Asia

First Edition
Edited by:
  • David Gellner - Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Oxford, UK


August 2010 | 300 pages | SAGE Publications Pvt. Ltd

This book examines in rich detail the lives, struggles, and strategies of South Asian activists seeking to advance various political, social, and environmental causes. Through a series of case studies from Bangladesh, India, Nepal, and Sri Lanka on activists' efforts, it elucidates how they mediate between different spheres that are often (and sometimes legally) kept apart–the political and the legal, the economic and the political, the local and the international.

The uniqueness of this book lies in its treatment of 'civil society' as a process brought into being by the actions of specific individuals whose struggles and experiences can profitably be examined for understanding everyday politics.

The ethnographic studies lay bare how activists in the entire region continuously wrestle with the tensions between the tidy boxes of official classifications and the fuzzy categories of everyday life.


 
Preface
 
Introduction: Making Civil Society in South Asia
 
1: POLITICS
The Biography of a Magar Communist

Anne de Sales
Creating 'Civilized' Communists: A quarter of a century of politicization in rural Nepal

Sara Shneiderman
Youth and Political Engagement in Sri Lanka

Siri Hettige
Can Women be Mobilized to Participate in Indian Local Politics?

Stefanie Strulik
Surveying Activists in Nepal

David N Gellner and Mrigendra Karki
 
2: DEVELOPMENT
Disciplined Activists, Unruly Brokers? Exploring the Boundaries between Non-governmental Organizations (NGOs), Donors, and the State in Bangladesh

David Lewis
Activists and Development in Nepal Celayne

Heaton Shrestha
From Big Game to Biodiversity: Middle-class Environmental Activists and Wildlife Conservation in Sri Lanka

Arjun Guneratne
Civil Society and its Fragments

William F Fisher
 
Glossary and Abbreviations
 
Index

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