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Locating activist spaces: the neighbourhood as a source and site of urban activism in 1970s Calcutta

Donner, Henrike (2011) Locating activist spaces: the neighbourhood as a source and site of urban activism in 1970s Calcutta. Cultural Dynamics, 23 (1). pp. 21-40. ISSN 0921-3740

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Abstract

This article analyses the meaning of urban neighbourhoods for the emergence of Maoist activism in 1970s Calcutta. Through ethnography the article highlights the way recruitment, strategies and the legacy of the movement were located in the experience and politics of the urban neighbourhood. As a social formation, the neighbourhood shaped the relationships that made Maoist subjectivities feasible and provided the space for coalitions and cooperation across a wider spectrum than the label of a student movement acknowledges. The neighbourhood appears here as an emergent site for Maoist epistemologies, which depended on this space and its everyday practices, intimate social relations as well as the experience of the local state in the locality.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://cdy.sagepub.com/
Additional Information: © 2011 Sage Publications
Library of Congress subject classification: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Sets: Departments > Anthropology
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Date Deposited: 26 May 2011 13:46
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/36399/

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