The Politics of Collective Advocacy in India: Tools and Traps

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Overview

India’s vibrant civil society sector has become a powerful symbol of political participation in the country. It comprises a wealth of media organizations, caste and religion based associations, farmers groups, labor unions, social service organizations, and an almost limitless number of development organizations. Given this vibrancy, it is difficult to grasp the characteristics of civil society at the transnational or even the national level. Delving beneath the progressive surface to the local level, one finds a murky and multifaceted world of competing interests, compromises, uneasy alliances and erratic victories.

The Politics of Collective Advocacy in India critically examines the enormous gap between the ways collective action in India is studied and the ways it operates “on the ground”. It identifies what influences the relative success or failure of different movements; the tools activists use to overcome obstacles; the traps that derail efforts to frame, politicize, and act on certain issues and assumptions about particular forms of action. The authors synthesize the experiences of a number of organizations and movements to identify the most effective tools that civil society actors at all levels can use to achieve positive social change.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781565493278
  • Publisher: Kumarian Press, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/28/2011
  • Pages: 220
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Nandini Deo is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Lehigh University. She specializes in the comparative politics of South Asia. Her research includes social movements in India and the politics of religion and women’s activism. Her articles have appeared in the Journal of Civil Society, Current Affairs and Proteus.

Duncan McDuie-Ra is a Senior Lecturer in Development Studies at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia. He specializes in the politics of South Asia, particularly Northeast India. His articles have appeared in Contemporary South Asia, Asian Ethnicity, and Journal of International Development. He is the author of Civil Society, Democratization and the Search for Human Security: The Politics of the Environment, Gender, and Identity in Northeast India and was guest editor of a special issue of Contemporary South Asia on the Armed Forces Special Power Act.

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Table of Contents

1) Rhetoric and Reality: The Many Dimensions of Civil Society
2) Transnational Women’s Advocacy and Indian Agendas
3) Transnational Human Rights Advocacy and the Might of Local Action
4) Transnational Environmental Advocacy and Ethnic Identity in India
5) Transnational Feminist and Religious Advocacy in India
6) Negotiating Networks
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