Saturday, 10 September 2011

Playing with Fire Feminist Thought and Activism through Seven Lives in India

by the Sangtin Writers Collective and Richa Nagar

Understanding the labor and politics of NGOs through the lives of seven Indian women Playing with Fire is written in the collective voice of women employed by a large NGO as activists in their communities and is based on diaries, interviews, and conversations among them. Together their personal stories reveal larger themes and questions of sexism, casteism, and communalism, and a startling picture emerges of how NGOs both nourish and stifle local struggles for solidarity.

This bold experiment in feminist praxis has produced a unique document—at once earthy, poignant, and biting—about the oppression of caste, gender, and class in women's lives in India.
— Lila Abu-Lughod, Columbia University