Empowering the Oppressed: Grassroots Advocacy Movements in India

John G Sommer

Verlag: Sage Publications, 2001
ISBN 10: 0761995730 / ISBN 13: 9780761995739
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This book introduces some unique groups in India that have found strikingly effective ways to improve the lot of the poorest of the poor. It tells the stories of leaders who are committed to the empowerment of their oppressed fellow countrymen, and women, who organize and press for their full citizen rights. Printed Pages: 206. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 89528

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Traditional approaches to development have not proved equal to the task of ensuring a just society, especially for the most socially, economically, and psychologically oppressed peoples. The unique individuals and groups introduced in this book recognize that a qualitative and sustainable improvement in the lives of the most downtrodden¾those battling discrimination by gender, class, or caste¾can be achieved only when the root causes of their oppression are addressed, not just its symptoms. Not only have these leaders and their organizations found strikingly effective and innovative ways by which people may secure their human and civil rights and realign power relations in society; they have also enabled the marginalized poor to pursue their own interests and their own struggles for justice and equality.

Empowering the Oppressed offers highly readable accounts, lessons learned, and analysis from India that should be applicable in many settings around the world where injustice prevails. The book also analyzes the implications for foreign donors, who are often chary of supporting empowerment activities, and shows by example both how such aid is effectively given and how critical it is to successful development outcomes.

About the Author:

Paul Wallace is Professor Emeritus of Political Science at the University of Missouri, Columbia. He has been a consultant on South Asia to members of the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee, the US Attorney General’s Office, defense lawyers, and other agencies in North America and has received five Smithsonian funded awards for national election studies in India. In September 2003, Prof. Wallace served as the expert witness on Sikh violence at the Air India trial in Vancouver, Canada. He lectures throughout India, almost on an annual basis. In January 2009, he served as a major participant in celebrating the 15th Anniversary of the Institute of Development and Communications in Chandigarh, India. His research in India also includes a Senior Fulbright Research Award, and funding fromthe Ford Foundation, the American institute of Indian Studies, and various government and non-government groups in India. Professor Wallace is the author or editor of seven books and more than 40 book chapters and articles. His last book, with Ramashray Roy, was India’s 2004 Elections: Grass-roots and National Perspectives (2007). His most notable chapter publication is “Counterterrorism in India: Khalistan & Kashmir” in the 2007 book titled Democracy and Counterterrorism: Lessons from the Past. A forthcoming publication is “Sikh Militancy and Non-violence,” in Pashaura Singh’s edited book Sikhism in Global Context.

Ramashray Roy is an eminent political philosopher and prolific writer whose work has opened up new vistas in the study of development and democracy in India. He has served as a Senior Fellow as well as the Director of the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies (Delhi), Director of the Indian Council of Social Science Research (New Delhi), Fellow of the Indian Council of Historical Research (New Delhi), National Fellow and a Fellow at the Indian Institute of Advanced Study (Shimla). He is currently a Visiting Fellow at the G.B. Pant Social Science Institute, Allahabad.

Professor Roy has published dozens of books including India’s 2004 Elections: Grass-roots and National Perspectives (2007), India’s 1999 Elections and 20th Century Politics (2003) and Dialogues on Development: The Individual, Society and State and Political Order (1986).

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Titel: Empowering the Oppressed: Grassroots ...
Verlag: Sage Publications
Erscheinungsdatum: 2001
Einband: Softcover
Zustand: New

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