Governance, Resistance and Neoliberal Development: Struggles against Development-Induced Displacement and Forced Evictions in South Asia

Research summary

The project provides theoretically innovative and empirically new and valuable knowledge of the complex dynamics between governance and resistance in the context of the dominant, neoliberal development paradigm. It studies social and political struggles in three countries in South Asia - Nepal, Bangladesh and India - by examining social movements that fight against forced displacement and slum demolitions - all caused by development projects. The project engages critically in the debate on neoliberal development by analyzing problems related to it, charting possibilities for addressing hem, and offering alternative visions for socially, culturally and politically more sustainable models of development.

Description

For main findings, see e.g.

- Seppälä, Tiina (2016) Feminizing Resistance, Decolonizing Solidarity: Contesting Neoliberal Development in the Global South. Journal of Resistance Studies, 2(1): 12-47.

- Seppälä, Tiina (2014) Biopolitics, Resistance and the Neoliberal Development Paradigm. Journal für Entwicklungspolitik (JEP), Austrian Journal of Development Studies, 30(1): 88–103.

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Research info

Research title
Governance, Resistance and Neoliberal Development: Struggles against Development-Induced Displacement and Forced Evictions in South Asia

Research timeline
1.9.2013 - 1.8.2016

Keywords
Activism biopolitics decolonization development development induced displacement development projects displacement forced evictions forced migration governance internally displaced people neoliberalism power resistance slum demolitions social movements

Region
Asia

Countries
Bangladesh, Finland, India, Nepal

Institution
University of Lapland
Faculty of Social Sciences
Rovaniemi, Finland

Funding instrument
Ministry for Foreign Affairs (ICI, HEI-ICI, N-S-S), Academy of Finland

Head of research
Tiina Seppälä

Partners
Calcutta Research Group (CRG), Kolkata, India; Nepal Institute of Peace (NIP), Kathmandu, Nepal; University of Dhaka, Department of International Relations, Dhaka, Bangladesh; Jagannath University, Department of International Relations and Political Science, Dhaka, Bangladesh

Contact information
Tiina Seppälä
+358-40-7262687
tiina.seppala@ulapland.fi
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Record last updated
1.9.2016