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The Importance of Being Local: Villages, NGOs, and the World Bank in the Arun Valley, Nepal

Author: Forbes, Ann Armbrecht
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Date July 1999
Type Journal
Journal Title: Identities:-Global-Studies-in-Culture-and-Power
Volume/Pages 6(2-3) 319-344
Subject Matter Community Development; International; Nepal; Globalization
Abstract Reflects on how local identity became an important basis of legitimacy in the organization of opposition to the Arun dam in Nepal. Large projects such as dams have multiple effects over space & time, so many locales can constitute the proper domain of the local voice. Looking only for the most strictly local privileges place over politics & implies that physical boundaries are impermeable. It is suggested that analysis be shifted from a search for the legitimate local to an understanding of the processes by which different identity claims are employed by various agents to achieve different strategic ends. 60 References. Adapted from the source document