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Alf Gunvald
Nilsen
Associate Professor
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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)

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).