Research, Political Engagement and Dispossession

Research, Political Engagement and Dispossession : Indigenous, Peasant and Urban Poor Activisms in the Americas and Asia

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This collection considers academic
research engagements with indigenous, small peasant, urban poor and labour
social activism against colonial capitalist dispossession and exploitation in
Asia and the Americas.

Bringing together contributors from a range of different
disciplines, Research, Political Engagement and Dispossession demonstrates
how research done for and with these struggles against dispossession by mining,
agribusiness plantations, conversation schemes, land-forest grabs, water
projects, industrial disasters and the exploitation of workers and forced
migrants, can make productive contributions towards advancing their social and
political prospects.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 328 pages
  • 140 x 222 x 25.4mm | 544.31g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1786994402
  • 9781786994400

Table of contents

Research for indigenous, peasant and urban poor activism: Capital, dispossession and exploitation in the Americas and Asia - Dip Kapoor & Steven Jordan
Part I: Research and Indigenous and Peasant Activisms

2.The MST and research with and for landless peasant-worker struggles in Brazil - Alessandro Mariano & Rebecca Tarlau
3.Critical oral histories and the pedagogies of dispossession and resistance in Brazil's Landless Workers' Movement - David Meek
4.Participatory research for social change in mining and agribusiness settings in Colombia - Irene Velez-Torres
5.Anticolonial Participatory Action Research (APAR) in Adivasi-Dalit forest-dweller and small peasant contexts of dispossession and struggle in India - Dip Kapoor
6.Conservation and palm oil dispossession in Sumatra and Sulawesi: Third-Worldist PAR, indigenous and small peasant resistance and organized activisms
Hasriadi Masalam
7.PAR, local knowledge and peasant assertions in Southwestern Bangladesh: Taking back the river in contexts of NGO-led dispossession - Bijoy Barua (East-West University, Bangladesh)
8.Grassroots-oriented research as political engagement for social justice: Exposing corporate mining in indigenous contexts in the Philippines - Ligaya McGovern

Part II: Research and Urban Poor Activisms

9.Countering dispossession through cooperativisation? Waste-picker ethnography, activism and the state in Buenos Aires (Argentina) and Montevideo (Paraguay) - Santiago Sorroche & Patrick O'Hare
10. Historians, guerilla history and class struggle in Argentina - Pablo Pozzi
11.Public sociology and scholar activism in the U.S.-Filipino Labor diaspora - Robyn Rodriguez
12.The Bhopal (India) struggle and neoliberal restructuring: Research, political engagement and the urban poor - Eurig Scandrett & Shalini Sharma
13.Praxis-oriented research for the building of grounded transnational Marriage Migrant Movements in Asia - Hsiao-Chuan Hsia
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Review quote

'Rich in insights from practical experience, this book is essential reading for everyone who aspires to make decolonized academic knowledge serve people resisting dispossession and the silencing of their voices'John Gledhill, University of Manchester

'This is a truly compelling, timely, urgent volume. The complex chapters remind us of the academic obligation to engage the class struggle.'Michelle Fine, author of Just Research in Contentious Times

'This book is both a critical resource for evaluating research methods, and for thinking about the power and politics of struggle.'Lesley Wood, York University, Toronto
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About Dip Kapoor

Dip Kapoor is a professor in international development education at the University of Alberta, Canada. He is also a board member at the Center for Research and Development Solidarity (CRDS), an organisation in Odisha, India which advocates for peasant and Adivasi-Dalit communities. His previous books include NGOization (Zed 2013) as well as the edited collections Beyond Colonialism, Development and Globalization (Zed 2015) and Against Colonization and Rural Dispossession (Zed 2017).

Steven Jordan chairs the Department of Integrated Studies in Education (DISE) at McGill University, Canada. He also currently serves on the editorial board of the Canadian Journal of Action Research. His previous books include the collection Education, Participatory Action Research and Social Change (co-edited with Dip Kapoor, 2009).
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