Existing at the Interface: Indian NGO Activists as Strategic Cosmopolitans

Baillie Smith, Matt and Jenkins, Katy (2012) Existing at the Interface: Indian NGO Activists as Strategic Cosmopolitans. Antipode, 44 (3). pp. 640-662. ISSN 0066-4812

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-8330.2011.00888.x


This paper uses life history narratives to explore the multiple and overlapping scales and sites through which the cosmopolitan subjectivities of activists in local Indian NGOs are constituted. We particularly emphasise the “intermediate” status of the activists, and the ways their positioning shapes their subjectivities in diverse ways over time and place. We draw on the idea of a strategic cosmopolitanism to consider the multiple ways their cosmopolitanism shapes the negotiation of development from their intermediate position, and to reflect on the normative and political possibilities that emerge from this process.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Article first published online: 31 May 2011.
Uncontrolled Keywords: cosmopolitanism, activism, development, NGOs, India, global civil society
Subjects: L400 Social Policy
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > Social Sciences
Depositing User: Scott Burdon
Date Deposited: 30 Apr 2012 14:41
Last Modified: 12 Oct 2019 19:31
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/6590

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