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Le Moyne Hosts Talk on NGOs and Traditional Artisans in Rural India

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (For Immediate Release) … Alicia Ory DeNicola, assistant professor of anthropology at Union College, will address the unique role of development and nongovernmental organizations among village artisan clusters in India on Thurs., April 2, at 2:30 p.m. in the Curtin Special Events Room, located in the Campus Center at Le Moyne College. Her talk is titled “Developing the Rural: ‘Contemporary’ Nongovernmental Organizations and ‘Traditional’ Artisans in Rural India.”

 

While 25 percent of its population lives below the poverty line, India has seen a record 7 percent average economic-growth rate over the last decade. Although the majority of that growth has been in the service sector and much recent news has been about jobs in India's population centers, more than three-fifths of the population lives in rural areas. While globalization is, of course, not a contemporary phenomenon in India, policies of neo-liberalization in the 1990s have significantly changed the ways in which many rural artisans do business.

 

Alicia Ory DeNicola will address the unique role of development and nongovernmental organizations among village artisan clusters. She will place a special emphasis on the way that ideas of tradition, seen through a development lens, are connected to rural spaces and reflect the power and positionality of artisans as a ‘traditional’ population. Her goal is to highlight the intimate connections between cities and their rural counterparts.

 

This event is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by the political science department and the Political Science Academy. For more information, call (315) 445-4495.

 

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posted on: 3/25/2009