'The book is a major contribution to the literature on poverty, exploitation, participation and action research. Original and inspiring, it deserves a prominent place on the reading lists of courses and should be on the bookshelves of all who seek to span and unite the worlds of academia and activism.'
Robert Chambers, Institute of Development Studies, Sussex
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Tribal Land Rights and Research-in-Action by Daniel Buckles and Rajeev Khedkar
This book discusses two compelling themes: the land and housing rights of India’s Adivasi, and innovative methods for engaging marginalized people in action research. It focuses on enclosure and eviction of the Katkari, a nomadic forest tribe, from their rural hamlets on the plains of Maharashtra. Using rigorous participatory methods adapted from different disciplines and theoretical perspectives, the book illustrates what it means to do research ‘with’ people rather than ‘on’ people.
‘Fighting Eviction is an eminently readable, in-depth account of the continuing exploitation of adivasis in modernizing India, and their struggles to protect the rights that are guaranteed to them in the constitution and by law.’