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South Asian Activists in the Global Justice Movement$
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Eva-Maria Hardtmann

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780199466276

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199466276.001.0001

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(p.1) Chapter One Introduction
South Asian Activists in the Global Justice Movement

Eva-Maria Hardtmann

Oxford University Press

Chapter 1 provides an overview of the volume and outlines the research question, the argument, and the methodological approach. The volume combines three broader discussions: the first one concerning the GJM, the Occupy Movement, and the World Social Forum process; the second one concerning international non-governmental organizations ([I]NGOs) in relation to the United Nations and the World Bank; and the third one concerning Dalit activists and Dalit feminists in South Asia working in collaboration with Burakumin activists in Japan. In this chapter the author positions her discussion within these three scholarly debates. She also points out links between the social movements in South Asia and Japan and social movements in other regions, such as the United States, Latin America, and Europe. The methods of transnational fieldwork and the intricate relation between activists and scholars are discussed at length.

Keywords:   Dalit Panthers, Black panthers, Burakumin, liberation theology, transnationalism, field methods, militant fieldwork, NGOization, UN family, UNDP, (I)NGOs

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