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The sharpening poverty contradictions and their links to a larger governance reality is the theme of this book. Enhanced understanding of the security and human rights situation in South Asia has also led to identification of alternative possibilities for innovative policy at both the micro and macro levels. Action research, which provides the material basis for formulating sustainable policy, differentiates this work from conventional development thinking and action. This material basis is provided by learning from the survival struggles of the poor themselves and new social movements in South Asia, and not from a priori theorizing and received wisdom from distant contexts. The book identifies critical elements in a more holistic interdisciplinary and analytical methodology. Another methodological innovation reflected in this work is the dialogical ...



In this part, while the concern with the nature of the sharpening contradictions and nature of the governance reality in South Asia is identified broadly in available quantifiable terms and also in measurable qualitative analysis, what is of significance is that the enhanced understanding has also led to identification of alternative methodologies and possibilities for innovative action. This was possible because methodological issues are themselves part of South Asian Perspectives Network Association's (SAPNA) intense collective interchange and reflection. This then differentiates its work from conventional development thinking and practices, which were inadequate as a point of departure, for formulating policy to meet the challenge of the sharpening contradictions in South Asian polities and economies and the transition to political democracy with economic democracy.

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