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Learning from the Ground Up : Global Perspectives on Social Movements and Knowledge Production - Dip Kapoor

Learning from the Ground Up

Global Perspectives on Social Movements and Knowledge Production

Hardcover Published: 18th October 2010
ISBN: 9780230621039
Number Of Pages: 256

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The dynamics, politics, and richness of knowledge production in social movements and social activist contexts are often overlooked. This book contends that some of the most radical critiques and understandings about dominant ideologies and power structures, and visions of social change, have emerged from those spaces. Written by authors working closely with diverse social movements, NGOs, and popular mobilizations in the Asia-Pacific, Africa, Europe, the Americas, and the Caribbean, it articulates and documents knowledge production, informal learning, and education work that takes place in everyday worlds of social activism. It highlights linkages between such knowledge(s) and praxis/action, and illustrates tensions over whose knowledge and voice(s) are heard.

"An extremely important book. Neo-liberalism always had a dual nature: market fundamentalism and (far more insidious) institutionalism. Campaigning groups siphoned into a game of negotiations with transnational corporations, international institutions, and states are either neutralized or become agents in capitalism's structural manoeuvrings. Choudry and Kapoor's have sounded the battle-cry for a counter-attack against this manipulative agenda, and to re-affirm the role of agency. They have brought together some very interesting cases of precisely this kind of knowledge production by the movements themselves. They point the way forward to a new form of scholarship where scholars who are themselves committed activists engage critically with the mass movements, enabling the latter to understand better the historical trends which their agency is creating, and thus to gain confidence and sense of direction in the experimentation process from which major societal restructuring will emerge." - Robert Biel, Senior Lecturer in Political Ecology and Director of the Research Degree Program at University College London, UK, and author of The New Imperialism and The Entropy of Capitalism

"This is an exciting international contribution to developing knowledge production and learning from within - and for - social movement organizing. It demonstrates that our social movements are actively producing knowledge and providing crucial resources in our struggles for social justice and liberation." - Gary Kinsman, Professor of Sociology, Laurentian University, Canada; long-time queer liberation and anti-capitalist activist

"This volume makes an invaluable contribution toward connecting scholarly production with social movement activism. Going beyond simplistic calls to engage in 'scholar-activism,' which often positions academics lower in relationship to social justice activists, this book re-centers intellectual production within social movements themselves. Rather than simply theorize social movements, it positions social justice organizers as producers of the theory. It does not presume a romanticized notion of social movement organizing, rather, it brings a critical lens to the forces of co-optation and normalization within both the academy and activist arenas. A must-read for all those wishing to advance intellectually rigorous social movements." - Andrea Smith, Associate Professor of Media and Cultural Studies, University of California, Riverside, USA

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Learning from the Ground Up: Global Perspectives on Social Movements and Knowledge Productionp. 1
Making Knowledge and Learning from the Politics of Knowledge Production and Representation: "Civil Society," Academe, and Social Activism-Tensions, Challenges, and Dilemmas
Global Justice? Contesting NGOization: Knowledge Politics and Containment in Antiglobalization Networksp. 17
Knowledge and Power in South Africa: Xenophobia and Survival in the Post-Apartheid Statep. 35
On the Question of Expertise: A Critical Reflection on "Civil Society" Processesp. 53
Whatever Happened to the Counter-Globalization Movement? Some Reflections on Antagonism, Vanguardism, and Professionalizationp. 69
Collective Approaches to Activist Knowledge: Experiences of the New Anti-Apartheid Movement in Torontop. 85
The Subjectivation of Marriage Migrants in Taiwan: The Insider's Perspectivesp. 101
Making Knowledge and Learning from Unions, Worker Alliances, and Left Party-Political Activism
Learning to Win: Exploring Knowledge and Strategy Development in Anti-Privatization Struggles in Colombiap. 121
Worker Education and Social Movement Knowledge Production: Practical Tensions and Lessonsp. 139
Conversations on the M60: Knowledge Production through Collective Ethnographiesp. 157
Vanguards and Masses: Global Lessons from the Grenada Revolutionp. 173
Making Knowledge and Learning from Peasant and Indigenous Peoples' Struggles
Learning and Knowledge Production in Dalit Social Movements in Rural Indiap. 193
Anjuman-e-Mazareen Punjab: Ownership or Death-The Struggle Continuesp. 211
How Do You Say Netuklimk in English? Using Documentary Video to Capture Bear River First Nation's Learning through Actionp. 227
Notes on Contributorsp. 243
Indexp. 249
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ISBN: 9780230621039
ISBN-10: 0230621031
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 18th October 2010
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.08 x 13.97  x 2.03
Weight (kg): 0.4
Edition Number: 1