Global rights and state activism: reflections on civil society-state partnerships in health in NW India

Unnithan, Maya and Heitmeyer, Carolyn (2012) Global rights and state activism: reflections on civil society-state partnerships in health in NW India. Contributions to Indian Sociology, 46 (3). pp. 283-310. ISSN 0069-9667

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Abstract

This article examines the changing dynamics of development in India, focusing on partnerships between civil society organisations (CSOs) and the state in the area of rural health. Drawing on ethnographic perspectives of CSO work, we examine the shifting meaning of these partnerships for the institutions involved and how they function given their differing institutional cultures and values. We argue that the adoption by the state of a global language of rights and its efforts to integrate civil society language, practices and representatives in the policy and implementation of health programmes point to collaborationist models which support the creation of an ‘activist’ state, as they simultaneously strengthen as well as weaken the role of CSOs as mediators in development.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Global Studies > Anthropology
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology > GN301 Ethnology. Social and cultural anthropology > GN357 Culture and cultural processes Including social change, structuralism, diffusion, etc.
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology > GN301 Ethnology. Social and cultural anthropology > GN397 Applied anthropology
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology > HM0831 Social change
Depositing User: Carolyn Heitmeyer
Date Deposited: 21 May 2013 09:36
Last Modified: 07 Mar 2017 09:44
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/44788

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