Cover

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Frontmatter

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pp. iii-vi

Contents

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pp. vii-viii

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Acknowledgments

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pp. ix-xvi

This book emerged from a decision to not translate certain stories about struggles of sangtins that I felt I was expected to deliver in translation. The process of enacting that resistance has become as heavy—and light—as life itself. Heavy by its indebtedness to every person and every encounter that has helped to shape what I write or share here. ...

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Introducing Muddying the Waters: Coauthoring Feminisms across Scholarship and Activism

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pp. 1-22

Muddying the Waters is about ever-evolving journeys that confront and embrace the messiness of solidarity and responsibility. In describing and analyzing these journeys—frequently through stories, encounters, and anecdotes—this book aims to both separate and intimately link the question of scholarship with that of political action. ...

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1. Translated Fragments, Fragmented Translations

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pp. 23-49

If the politics of alliance making are about making oneself radically vulnerable through trust and critical reflexivity, if they require us to open ourselves to being interrogated and assessed by those to whom we must be accountable, then such politics are also about acknowledging, recognizing, and sharing our most tender and fragile moments, our memories and mistakes in moments of translation, in moments of love. ...

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2. Dar es Salaam: Making Peace with an Abandoned “Field”

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pp. 50-80

It all began in Dar es Salaam. The place I learned to love through stories of countless journeys. The place that entangled me forever with questions of expertise and knowledge making; of positionality and responsibility; of memories that haunt; and of promises that remained unfulfilled. ...

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3. Reflexivity, Positionality, and Languages of Collaboration in Feminist Fieldwork

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pp. 81-104

Part 1 of this chapter is an abridged and revised version of a longer piece originally written with Susan Geiger between 1997 and 2001. The original piece was circulated widely in a conference paper format. It was first published in revised and condensed form in 2007, six years after Susan’s death. ...

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4. Representation, Accountability, and Collaborative Border Crossings: Moving Beyond Positionality

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pp. 105-123

This chapter is a revised version of an article originally written in 2002–3 in consultation with Farah Ali and what we then called the Sangtin Samooh, or the Sangtin women’s collective. The border crossings discussed here must be read in the context of the sociopolitical events unfolding in India and the United States between 2001 and 2003. ...

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5. Traveling and Crossing, Dreaming and Becoming: Journeys after Sangtin Yatra

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pp. 124-157

This chapter is based on writing undertaken with Richa Singh, Surbala, and other saathis of Sangtin Kisaan Mazdoor Sangathan in Hindi and English between 2004 and 2012. ...

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6. Four Truths of Storytelling and Coauthorship in Feminist Alliance Work

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pp. 158-182

Purva Naresh’s play Ok, Tata, Bye-Bye provides a good starting point for this discussion of storytelling and coauthorship in feminist alliance work. In Ok, Tata, Bye-Bye, Naresh (2012) fictionalizes her own struggles as a documentary filmmaker, specifically in relation to a project that she carried out in an impoverished community alongside a highway between Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh. ...

Notes

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pp. 183-190

Glossary

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pp. 191-194

References

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pp. 195-204

Index

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pp. 205-217