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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 ...

Social Mobilization and Keeping the People's Surplus in People's Hands
Social mobilization and keeping the people's surplus in people's hands
SusilSirivardana
Introduction

We South Asians are especially fortunate in having a unique set of opportunities for understanding and internalizing the critical elements of social mobilization. From 1975 to 2000, that is, over a 25-year continuum, we have been the beneficiaries of an evolving and maturing discourse rooted in practice on the ground by the poor. The pioneer conceptualists of such texts as Towards a Theory of Rural Development (1988) engaged themselves as a team in an excellent and enduring process of Participatory Action Research (PAR) in their original study called Bhoomi Sena, which is an inquiry into a large tribal community in Maharashtra, India, which is a South ...

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