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Alf Gunvald
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  • Social movements in the global South
  • The political economy of capitalism
  • Critical development research
  • Marxist theory
  • Postcolonial theory

- all with special reference to India and Asia. 

 

 


SOS110: Global Dynamics

SOS321: Migration, Development and Environment (Critical Development Research)

Books
  • Cox, Laurence; Nilsen, Alf Gunvald. 2014. We Make Our Own History: Marxism and Social Movements in the Twilight of Neoliberalism. Pluto Press. 272 pages. ISBN: 978-0-7453-3481-3.
  • Nilsen, Alf Gunvald; Barker, Colin; Cox, Laurence; Krinsky, John. 2013. Marxism and Social Movements. Brill Academic Publishers. 482 pages. ISBN: 9789004211759.
  • Nilsen, Alf Gunvald. 2011. Social Movements in the Global South: Dispossession, Development and Resistance. Palgrave Macmillan. 304 pages. ISBN: 9780230243491.
  • Nilsen, Alf Gunvald. 2010. Dispossession and resistance in India: The river and the rage. Routledge. 231 pages. ISBN: 978-0-415-55864-8.
Journal articles
  • Nielsen, Kenneth Bo; Nilsen, Alf Gunvald. 2014. Law struggles and hegemonic processes in neoliberal India: gramscian reflections on land acquisition legislation. Globalizations. 12: 203-216. doi: 10.1080/14747731.2014.937084
  • Nilsen, Alf Gunvald. 2013. Sosiologiens Vankunnskap. Sosiolognytt.
  • Nilsen, Alf Gunvald. 2013. Norway's Disturbing Lurch to the Right. The Guardian. Published 2013-09-10.
  • Nilsen, Alf Gunvald. 2013. Teori fra Sør? Sosiolognytt.
  • Nilsen, Alf Gunvald. 2013. "Det er noe med det nittende århundret": Et Intervju med Gurminder Bhambra. Sosiolognytt.
  • Nilsen, Alf Gunvald. 2013. Against the Current, From Below: Resisting Dispossession in the Narmada Valley, India. Journal of Poverty. 17: 460-492. Published 2013-10-15.
  • Nilsen, Alf Gunvald. 2012. Adivasis in and against the state : Subaltern politics and state power in contemporary India. Critical Asian studies (Print). 44: 251-282. doi: 10.1080/14672715.2012.672827
  • Nilsen, Alf Gunvald. 2012. Adivasi Mobilization in Contemporary India: Democratizing the Local State? Critical Sociology. 39: 615-633. Published 2012-06-11. doi: 10.1177/0896920512443574
  • Nilsen, Alf Gunvald. 2011. Attacking Academic Freedom. Global dialogue. Published 2011-06-18.
  • Nilsen, Alf Gunvald. 2011. UNDERSTANDING CONTEMPORARY INDIA. Pacific Affairs. 84: 794-797.
  • Nilsen, Alf Gunvald. 2011. Hjemmefrontens Ofre. Ny tid.
  • Nilsen, Alf Gunvald. 2009. Autonome domener eller relasjonelle praksiser? makt og motstand i indisk historie og samtid. Agora : Journal for metafysisk spekulasjon. 27: 126-165.
  • Nilsen, Alf Gunvald. 2009. The Authors and the Actors of Their Own Drama: Towards a Marxist Theory of Social Movements. Capital and Class. 99.
  • Nilsen, Alf Gunvald. 2008. "Political Economy, Social Movements and State Power: A Marxian Perspective on Two Decades of Resistance to the Narmada Dams". Journal of Historical Sociology. 21: 303-330.
  • Nilsen, Alf Gunvald. 2007. "On New Social Movements and the Reinvention of India". Forum for Development Studies. 2. 271-293.
  • Nilsen, Alf Gunvald. 2007. "History Does Nothing": Notes Towards a Marxist Theory of Social Movements. Sosiologisk Årbok. 1-2. 1-30.
  • Nilsen, Alf Gunvald. 2005. "Hegemoni Som Prosess". Klassekampen.
Reports and theses
  • Nilsen, Alf Gunvald. 2006. The Valley and the Nation – The River and the Rage: A Study of Dispossession and Resistance in the Narmada Valley, India.
Book sections
  • Nilsen, Alf Gunvald. 2013. Contesting the Postcolonial Development Project: A Marxist Perspective on Popular Resistance in the Narmada Valley. Kapittel 7. In:
    • Nilsen, Alf Gunvald; Barker, Colin; Cox, Laurence; Krinsky, John. 2013. Marxism and Social Movements. Brill Academic Publishers. 482 pages. ISBN: 9789004211759.
  • Nilsen, Alf Gunvald; Barker, Colin; Cox, Laurence; Krinsky, John. 2013. Marxism and Social Movements: An Introduction. Kapittel 1. In:
    • Nilsen, Alf Gunvald; Barker, Colin; Cox, Laurence; Krinsky, John. 2013. Marxism and Social Movements. Brill Academic Publishers. 482 pages. ISBN: 9789004211759.
  • Nilsen, Alf Gunvald; Cox, Laurence. 2013. What Would a Marxist Theory of Social Movements Look Like? Kapittel 3, pages 63-83. In:
    • Nilsen, Alf Gunvald; Barker, Colin; Cox, Laurence; Krinsky, John. 2013. Marxism and Social Movements. Brill Academic Publishers. 482 pages. ISBN: 9789004211759.
  • Nilsen, Alf Gunvald. 2011. Not Suspended in Mid-Air: Critical Reflections on Subaltern Encounters with the Indian State. 5, pages 104-127. In:
    • Nilsen, Alf Gunvald. 2011. Social Movements in the Global South: Dispossession, Development and Resistance. Palgrave Macmillan. 304 pages. ISBN: 9780230243491.
  • Nilsen, Alf Gunvald. 2011. Social Movements and/in the Postcolonial: Development, Dispossession and Resistance in the Global South. 1. In:
    • Nilsen, Alf Gunvald. 2011. Social Movements in the Global South: Dispossession, Development and Resistance. Palgrave Macmillan. 304 pages. ISBN: 9780230243491.
  • Nilsen, Alf Gunvald. 2010. Motstrøms Nedenfra: Ressursrov og Motstand i india. 14, pages 323-347. In:
    • Helle, Idar; Kjeldstadli, Knut; Sørvoll, Jardar. 2010. Historier om motstand : kollektive bevegelser i det 20. århundret. Abstrakt forlag. 369 pages. ISBN: 978-82-7935-304-1.

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Single-Authored Monographs:

(2010) Dispossession and Resistance in India: The River and the Rage (London: Routledge). 

 

Co-Authored Monographs:

(2014/with Laurence Cox) We Make Our Own History: Marxism and Social Movements in the Twilight of Neoliberalism (London: Pluto Press)

 

Edited Volumes:

(2015/with Srila Roy) New Subaltern Politics: Reconceptualizing Hegemony and Resistance in Contemporary India (Oxford University Press)

(2013/with Colin Barker, Laurence Cox and John Krinsky) Marxism and Social Movements (Leiden: Brill Academic Publishers).

(2011/with Sara Motta) Social Movements in the Global South: Dispossession, Development, and Resistance (London/Palgrave).

 

Single-Authored Articles:

(2013) “Against the Current; From Below: Resisting Dispossession in the Narmada Valley, India”, Journal of Poverty, 17/4.

(2013) “Adivasi Mobilization in Contemporary India: Democratizing the Local State”, Critical Sociology, 39/4.

(2012) “Adivasis In and Against the State: Subaltern Politics and State Power in Contemporary India”, Critical Asian Studies, 44/2.

(2009) “‘The Authors and the Actors of Their Own Drama’: Towards a Marxist Theory of Social Movements”, Capital and Class 33/3.

(2009) “Autonome Domener eller Relasjonelle Praksiser? Makt og Motstand i Indisk Historie og Samtid”, Agora, 1/2009.

(2008) “Political Economy, Social Movements and State Power: A Marxian Perspective on Two Decades of Resistance to the Narmada Dams”, Journal of Historical Sociology, 21/2-3.

(2007) “On New Social Movements and ‘the Reinvention of India’”, Forum for Development Studies, 34/2.

(2007) “‘History Does Nothing’: Notes towards a Marxist Theory of Social Movements”, Sosiologisk Årbok, 1-2.

 

Co-Authored Articles:

(2007/with Laurence Cox) “Social Movement Research and ‘the Movement of Movements’: Studying Resistance to Neoliberal Globalization’, Sociological Forum 1-2.

 

Single-Authored Book Chapters:

(2015) "Democratic Struggles in the Bhil Heartland: Historical Trajectories and Contemporary Scenarios", forthcoming in Uday Chandra and Daniel Taghioff (eds.): Staking Claims: The Politics of Social Movements in Contemporary Rural India, New Delhi: Oxford University Press

(2015) "For a Historical Sociology of State-Society Relations in the Study of Subaltern Politics", forthcoming in Alf Gunvald Nilsen and Srila Roy (eds.): New Subaltern Politics: Reconceptualizing Hegemony and Resistance in Contemporary India, New Delhi: Oxford University Press

(2014) "Democratic Struggles in the Adivasi Heartland: Towards a Relational Conception of Subaltern Political Cultures and State-Society Relations in India", in Geir Heierstand and Arild Engelsen Ruud (eds.): Indian Democracies: Diversity, Co-optation, Resistance, New Delhi: Primus Books.

(2014) "Postcolonial Social Movements", in Immanuel Ness and Saër Maty Bâ (eds.): The Palgrave Encyclopedia of Imperialism and Anti-Imperialism, New York: Palgrave.  

(2013) “Contesting the Postcolonial Development Project: A Marxist Perspective on Popular Resistance in the Narmada Valley”, in Colin Barker, Laurence Cox, John Krinsky, og Alf Gunvald Nilsen: Marxism and Social Movements (Leiden: Brill Academic Publishers).

(2011) ”’Not Suspended in Mid-Air’: Critical Reflections on Subaltern Encounters with the Indian State”, in Sara Motta og Alf Gunvald Nilsen (eds.): Social Movements in the Global South: Dispossession, Development and Resistance, (London: Palgrave). 

(2010) “Motstrøms Nedenfra: Ressurrov og Folkelig Motstand I Narmadadalen, India” in Helle, I., Kjelstadli, K. And Sørvoll, J. (eds.): Historier om Motstand: Kollektive Bevegelser i det 20. Århundret, Oslo: Abstrakt Forlag.

 

Co-Authored Book Chapters:

(2015/with Srila Roy) “Reconceptualizing Subaltern Politics in Contemporary India”, in Alf Gunvald Nilsen and Srila Roy (eds.): New Subaltern Politics: Reconceptualizing Hegemony and Resistance in Contemporary India, New Delhi: Oxford University Press.

(2013/with Colin Barker, Laurence Cox, John Krinsky) “Marxism and Social Movements”, in Colin Barker, Laurence Cox, John Krinsky, and Alf Gunvald Nilsen (eds.): Marxism and Social Movements, Leiden: Brill Academic Publishers.  

(2013/with Laurence Cox) “What Would a Marxist Theory of Social Movements Look Like?”, in Colin Barker, Laurence Cox, John Krinsky, and Alf Gunvald Nilsen (eds.):Marxism and Social Movements, Leiden: Brill Academic Publishers. 

(2011/with Sara Motta) “Social Movements and/in the Postcolonial: Dispossession, Development, and Resistance in the Global South”, in Nilsen, A. G. and Motta, S. (eds.): Social Movements in the Global South: Dispossession, Development and Resistance, London: Palgrave.

 

  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours), Development Studies, School of Development Studies, University of Bergen (2001)
  • Cand. Mag., Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Bergen (2001)
  • PhD in Sociology, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Bergen (2006)

 

 

Current projects

- 2004-2006: The Valley and the Nation, The River and the Rage: A Study of Dispossession and Resistance in the Narmada Valley, India (PhD project, unfunded). 

- 2009-2012: Everyday State-Society Relations and Social Movements in Adivasi Communities, Western Madhya Pradesh, India (Postdoctoral project, funded by the Norwegian Research Council). 

- 2014-2017: Democratizing Indian Democracy? Social Movements and the State in India: Towards a New Research Agenda (Research project, funded by the Norwegian Research Council).