Challenging the NGOs: Women, Religion and Western Dialogues in India

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Development agencies are recognizing the importance of anthropology in the critical evaluation of grass roots NGOs and development practice in general. Here, anthropology, development, and religion are uniquely combined in a manner that has practical significance for how NGOs carry out their work. Tamsin Bradley examines the interfaces between religion, gender, anthropology, and social development and focuses on the operation of grassroots Non-Governmental Organizations. She argues that these agencies need to adopt a new methodology if they are to increase efficiency. This is made clear in a series of ethnographic case studies documenting the experiences of three Rajasthani village women. This book constructs a new approach to development practice, incorporating ethnographic techniques that are designed to encourage development workers to listen to the needs of those they seek to help.

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Tamsin Bradley completed her research at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, where she has taught Religion and Gender. She is currently a Lecturer in Development Studies at London Metropolitan University.

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'This volume offers a ground-breaking interdisciplinary perspective on how development agendas are formulated and impact on local people. Specifically Bradley explores how the lives of rural women in Rajasthan are often distorted and homogenised into helpless images that then form the basis of projects. Bradley highlights how money is wasted funding interventions that fail to meet the needs of local women, not to mention patronise and disempower them.' - Jeffrey Haynes, Professor of Politics, London Metropolitan University; '[This book] cuts through unproductive binaries which treat feminism and religion as irremediably at odds with one another. Through a process in which Tamsin Bradley listens closely to women's actual voices we learn how women creatively reconfigure the cultural materials which constitute their heritage. Attention to this creative reconfiguration holds important practical lessons for NGOs, generally, but most especially for those who engage with women who experience domestic violence.' - Eileen O'Keefe, Professor of Public Health, London Metropolitan University

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