AREAS OF RESEARCH, TEACHING AND PUBLIC SERVICE
- Political-sociology of neo/colonialism, capitalist globalization & development dispossession & resistance (neo/colonized regions)
- Learning in social action in Indigenous, small/landless peasant & migrant labour social movements/organizing (& social action NGOs) in contexts of capitalist accumulation & dispossession (neo/colonized regions)
- Critical sociology of education & schooling (race, caste & class)
- Global education (in Schools & Development NGOs)
- Critical-qualitative methodologies & participatory/action research (PAR)
- Anti/colonial, Marxist & Indigenous socio-political thought
PROGRAM OF RESEARCH AND RELATED PROJECTS
Research endeavours to date have been built around a program of interdisciplinary (political-sociology and critical adult education) engaged research with CRDS and its' rural constituencies addressing: (a) critical explorations in to the politics of state-market-civil society led development-displacement and dispossession, exploitation and marginalization (pauperization) of Indigenous (Adivasi) Peoples, small/landless Dalit peasants/forest-dwellers and migrant labour; and (b) related political learning and popular education work in Adivasi-Dalit-rural poor social action (movements).
CRDS and partner Adivasi-Dalit organizations have been integral to the process of organizing some 26,000 Adivasi-Dalits in 150 villages (core) and a wider network of 350,000 across 516 villages. The facilitation of collective land/forest claims for subsistance cultivation & access to minor forest products/hunter-gathering (land claims that are non-commodifiable -- 'dead capital') over 30,000 acres of forest/cultivable land and ongoing territorial claims utilizing the Forest Rights Act/2006 has been central to this process as has securing deeds to hutment area land for 5200 households thereby precluding summary eviction on the grounds that these are "illegal squatters". Organized initiatives addressing landless and displaced Dalit-Adivasi-rural poor (exploited) labour include ensuring 100 days of guaranteed work at the requisite wage rate stipulated under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS).
Research projects addressing this program of research undertaken with CRDS (with the exception of one Collaboration in a different context) and in accordance with the guarantees afforded to Scheduled Tribes and Castes (ST/SC) under the Articles of the Constitution of India and the commitment towards building a sovereign and socialist (democratic) republic (with justice, liberty, equality and fraternity) in the Preamble, include:
1.Adivasi/Dalit/small & landless peasant & NGO-social movement politics and learning in neoliberal contexts of development dispossession (1995-current; non-funded)
2.Learning in Adivasi (original dweller) social movements in India (Principal Investigator, Standard Research Grant, Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council of Canada) (2006-2009, $81,308)
3.Untouchability, casteism and schooling in rural India: Exploring local response and resistance (Principal Investigator, Insight Grant, Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council of Canada) (2013-2019, $268,386)
4.Social movement learning in defence of Ghana's Songor Salt Lagoon in Ada (Collaborator, Standard Research Grant, Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council of Canada with Dr. Jonathan Langdon, Principal Investigator, Development Studies Program, St. Francis Xavier University, Antigonish, Nova Scotia) (2011-2014, $121,791)
Edited Book Collections from this work to date include:
Against Colonization & Rural Dispossession: Local Resistance in South & East Asia, the Pacific and Africa (Kapoor, D., ed., 2017); Research and Indigenous, Peasant and Urban Poor Activisms Against Dispossession and Labour Exploitation in the Americas and Asia (edited with Steven Jordan, in progress, 2019); and NGOization: Complicity, Contradictions and Prospects (edited with Aziz Choudry, 2013)-- all with Zed Publications (London & NY) and Learning From the Ground Up: Global Perspectives on Social Movements and Knowledge Production (edited with Aziz Choudry, 2010/13, Palgrave Macmillan, NY).
Refereed Articles in relation to various aspects of this work over time have been published in journals such as:
Canadian & International Education, (1995, 24); Adult Education & Development (2002, 58); New Directions for Adult & Continuing Education (2003, 99); Convergence (2004, 37 & 33); Development and Practice (2005, 15); International Education (2007, 37); Gender, Place & Culture (2007, 14); McGill Journal of Education (2009, 44); Journal of Asian and African Studies (2011, 46 & 47); Studies in the Education of Adults (2011, 43); Interface: A Journal for and About Social Movements (2013, 5); and Educational Action Research (2016, 24).