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Muddying the WatersCoauthoring Feminisms across Scholarship and Activism$
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Richa Nagar

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780252038792

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252038792.001.0001

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Traveling and Crossing, Dreaming and Becoming

Traveling and Crossing, Dreaming and Becoming

Journeys after Sangtin Yatra

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Muddying the Waters

Richa Nagar

University of Illinois Press

This chapter is based on writing that the author undertook with members of Sangtin Kisaan Mazdoor Sangathan (SKMS) in Hindi and English between 2004 and 2012, as well as on her own reflections on that writing. It traces the beginnings of the creative journey with sangtins that led to the making of the collaborative book Sangtin Yatra (Anupamlata et al. 2004, Sangtin Lekhak Samooh 2012), and analyzes the political battles that emerged from this yatra in multiple sites. It begins with a brief sketch of Sangtin Yatra and its meanings for the authors' intellectual and political growth as an alliance across borders. The two subsequent sections consider the effects of Sangtin Yatra, and how these inserted the collective into struggles around the politics of knowledge production in institutional sites that the collective had not encountered before. Finally, it reflects on the manner in which the transnational nature of the alliance has enabled critical engagements with structures and norms of professionalism and expertise locally, regionally, nationally, and transnationally, as well as the limitations and contradictions that remain buried in these engagements.

Keywords:   sangtins, Sangtin Yatra, knowledge production, Sangtin Kisaan Mazdoor Sangathan, SKMS

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