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About Alf Gunvald Nilsen

Alf Gunvald Nilsen is Associate Professor at the Department of Global Development and Planning at the University of Agder. His research focuses on social movements in the global South. He is the author of Dispossession and Resistance in India (2010) and Adivasis and the State: Subalternity and Resistance in India's Bhil Heartland (2018). He has also co-authored (with Laurence Cox) We Make Our Own History: Marxism and Social Movements in the Twilight of Neoliberalism (2014). 

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Constitutional conventions: best practice

Authoritarian populism and popular struggles in Modi’s India

In the pattern of authoritarianism taking over Indian politics since 2014, social movements, activists, and dissidents find themselves at the receiving end of increasingly brazen forms of repression.

The future of work and the future of poverty

Global production networks create economic growth, and thus are often said to be good for development. But if that’s true, why do so many poor people live in middle-income countries? 

El pueblo adivasi en la India: ¿esclavas y esclavos modernos o trabajadoras y trabajadores modernos?

El pueblo adivasi de la India trabaja a menudo en condiciones normalmente definidas como «esclavitud moderna», pero no se trata de esclavas y esclavos. Su falta de libertad es al mismo tiempo el motor y el resultado del capitalismo indio moderno. English

Adivasis in India: modern-day slaves or modern-day workers?

India’s Adivasis often work in conditions commonly described as ‘modern-day slavery’, but they are not slaves. Their unfreedom is both the fuel and product of modern Indian capitalism. Español

The twilight of neoliberalism: can popular struggles create new worlds from below?

If the ideologists of neoliberalism want to present it as the natural order of humanity, a more sober historical assessment points out that it has lasted about as long as Keynesianism did before it – a few decades.

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