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Varieties of Activist Experience

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

June 2010 | 300 pages | SAGE India

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.

Introduction: Making Civil Society in South Asia
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
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

David Gellner

David N Gellner is Professor of Anthropology at the University of Oxford and a Fellow of All Souls. He is the author of Monk, Householder, and Tantric Priest (1992) and The Anthropology of Buddhism and Hinduism: Weberian Themes (2001), and the co-author (with Sarah LeVine) of Rebuilding Buddhism: The Theravada Movement in Twentieth-Century Nepal (2005). Among his other edited volumes are Contested Hierarchies: A Collaborative Ethnography of Caste among the Newars of the Kathmandu Valley, Nepal (with D. Quigley, 1995), Nationalism and Ethnicity in a Hindu Kingdom (with J. Pfaff-Czarnecka and J. Whelpton, Harwood, 1997; 2nd edition, 2008),... More About Author

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