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People's CarIndustrial India and the Riddles of Populism$
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Sarasij Majumder

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780823282425

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823282425.001.0001

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“Peasants” Against Industrialization: Images of the Peasantry and Urban Activists’ Representations of the Rural

“Peasants” Against Industrialization: Images of the Peasantry and Urban Activists’ Representations of the Rural

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People's Car
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Sarasij Majumder

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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823282425.003.0005

This chapter shows how urban activists seek to construct an authentic peasant voice in order to make connections with a transnational civil society, which has its own agendas, views, and implicit or explicit interests. The construction of an “authentic voice” requires erasing differences within villages in the name of social justice. The strategies employed to do so lead to the silencing and exclusion of many poor and non-poor villagers, and even the protesters themselves, who stand to gain in various ways from the building of the factory.

Keywords:   authenticity, romanticization

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