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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.

Activists and Development in Nepal
Activists and development in Nepal
CelayneHeatonShrestha

After several months of unrest in Nepal's major urban centres, the 30-year ban on political parties was finally lifted on 8 April 1990 and fundamental rights such as the right to organize were restored.1 This laid the grounds for the effervescence of non-governmental activity: the number of NGOs soared in the ...

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