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CMI Brief | 2018

Love in Law – The Indian Supreme Court decides in favour of LGBT persons

On 6 September 2018, the Indian Supreme Court delivered a 493-pages-long verdict on LGBT rights and love. “Navtej Singh Johar v. Union of India” is arguably one of the most...
Vikram Kolmannskog (2018)
Bergen: Chr. Michelsen Institute (CMI Brief no. 2018:06) 4 p.
Newspaper Op-Ed | 2018

Mujib dynasty retains control in Bangladesh

Across South Asia political dynasties are generally in decline. The Nehru-Gandhi dynasty of the Indian Congress Party and the Bhutto clan of the Pakistan People's Party are both deteriorating. But...
Inge Amundsen (2018)
East Asia Forum (Canberra, Australia ) 10.08.2018
Newspaper Op-Ed | 2018

The ruins of Bangladesh’s LGBT community

What was once a fledgling lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community in the Bangladeshi capital of Dhaka is now destroyed. In 2014 and 2015 the Bangladeshi gay scene was...
Inge Amundsen (2018)
East Asia Forum, Australia 23.03.2018
CMI Working Paper | 2017

Tribal representation & local land governance in India: A case study from the Khasi Hills of Meghalaya

In India, the Schedule Tribes have remained on the fringes of growth, but less so in the majority tribal areas of the North East. This has increased the interest in...
Kavita Navlani Søreide (2017)
Bergen: Chr. Michelsen Institute (CMI Working Paper WP 2017:4) 26 p.
CMI Brief | 2017

Legal limits to tribal governance: coal mining in Meghalaya, India

Land in Meghalaya, India, was traditionally agricultural land, owned by the community. With increasing privatization and rising commercial value of land for non-agricultural use, many owners have sold the land...
Hugo Stokke (2017)
Bergen: Chr. Michelsen Institute (CMI Brief vol. 16 no. 2) 4 p.
Journal Article | 2015

The Scandinavian Approach to Private Maritime Security — A Regulatory Façade?

This article analyzes the legislative processes and the creation of security governance structures in a recent move by Scandinavian countries to authorize the use of armed guards on commercial vessels....
Joakim Berndtsson, Åse Gilje Østensen (2015)
in Ocean Development and International Law vol. 46 no. 2 pp. 138-152
Journal Article | 2015

Pondering the text as change maker

This article discusses Isabel Hofmeyr's Gandhi's Printing Press: Experiments in Slow Reading. It highlights the many ways in which the rise of the printing press, and the increasingly important role...
Anne Katrine Bang (2015)
in Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East vol. 35 no. 2 pp. 375-381
Journal Article | 2014

The Riyadha Mosque Manuscript Collection in Lamu: A Hadrami Tradition in Kenya

This article focuses on the manuscript collection currently located in the Riyadha mosque in Lamu, Kenya. From its foundation in the late nineteenth century, the Riyadha has had a close...
Anne Katrine Bang (2014)
in Journal of Islamic Manuscripts vol. 5 no. 2 pp. 1-29
Book | 2014

Islamic Sufi Networks in the Western Indian Ocean c. 1880-1940. Ripples of Reform

In the period c. 1880-1940, organized Sufism spread rapidly in the western Indian Ocean. New communities turned to Islam, and Muslim communities turned to new texts, practices and religious leaders....
Anne Katrine Bang (2014)
Leiden: Brill (Islam in Africa vol. 16) 227 p.
Journal Article | 2014

Poverty Dynamics in Rural Orissa: Transitions in Assets and Occupations over Generations

We investigate whether historic land distribution determines stagnation or development of Indian villages. The empirical analysis is motivated by the Banerjee and Newman (1993) model of occupational choice and economic...
Magnus Hatlebakk (2014)
in Journal of Development Studies. vol. 50 no. 6 pp. 877-893
Newspaper Op-Ed | 2013

Compromise over land takeover

The Land Acquisition Bill passed by both houses of Parliament awaits presidential nod before it becomes law and replaces the Land Acquisition Act, 1894. Clearly, in a nod to the...
Namita Wahi (2013)
The New Indian Express 11.09
CMI Brief | 2013

Tribal marginalization in India: Social exclusion and protective law

At the time of independence, India used protective law to address fears that its tribal majority regions would be marginalized vis-a-vis the larger, more developed states of the new nation. The ‘Sixth...
Kavita Navlani Søreide (2013)
Bergen: Chr. Michelsen Institute (CMI Brief vol. 12 no. 4, 2nd edition) 4 p.
CMI Brief | 2012

Litigating the right to heath in India: Can litigation fix a health system in crisis?

There is a healthcare crisis in India. Health indicators are dismal. 25% of the world’s maternal deaths every year, occur in India. 47% of all children in India are underweight....
Namita Wahi (2012)
Bergen: Chr. Michelsen Institute (CMI Brief vol. 11 no. 4) 4 p.
CMI Working Paper | 2012

Poverty dynamics in rural Orissa: Transitions in assets and occupations over generations

We investigate whether historic land distribution determines stagnation or development of Indian villages. The empirical analysis is motivated by the Banerjee and Newman (1993) model of occupational choice and economic...
Magnus Hatlebakk (2012)
Bergen: Chr. Michelsen Institute (CMI Working Paper WP 2012:11) 31 p.
Journal Article | 2011

Authority and piety, writing and print: A preliminary study of the circulation of islamic texts in late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century Zanzibar

This article is a preliminary discussion of the circulation of textual material in late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century Zanzibar. Three main contentions are made in the article. First, that this...
Anne Katrine Bang (2011)
in Africa. Journal of the International African Institute vol. 81 no. 1 pp. 89-107
Journal Article | 2011

Virtues of a narrow mission: The UN peace operation in Nepal

While most UN peace operations have become large and multidimensional, UN support to postwar Nepal, the UN Mission in Nepal (UNMIN), was authorized as a “focused mission of limited duration.”...
Astri Suhrke (2011)
in Global Governance vol. 17 no. 1 pp. 37-55
Book Chapter | 2010

When there are no foreign lands and all lands are foreign: Two texts from the Indian Ocean

Anne Bang (2010)
in Nefissa Naguib and Bert de Vries (eds.): Movements of people in time and space. Heureux qui comme Ulysses a fair un beau voyage Bergen: Bric pp. 151-164
Journal Article | 2010

Networks, middlemen and other (urban) labour market mysteries

The purpose of this paper is to explore the roles of social networks and intermediares in recruitment and as instruments to control the workforce in lower end urban labour markets...
Vegard Iversen and Gaute Torsvik (2010)
in Indian Growth and Development Review vol. 3 no. 1 pp. 62-80
Journal Article | 2008

Beyond the Permitted Indian? Bolivia and Guatemala in an Age of Neoliberal Developmentalism

This paper outlines and discusses the contrasting histories of inclusion and contestation associated with the introduction of neoliberal and multicultural policies in Bolivia and Guatemala. In drawing out and discussing...
John-Andrew McNeish (2008)
Latin American and Caribbean Ethnic Studies vol. 3 no. 1 March 2008 pp 33-59
Master's Thesis | 2005

Strained Fraternity. Identity Formations, Migration and Social Transformation among Sri Lankan Tamils in Tamil Nadu, India

This dissertation deals with the situation of the Sri Lankan refugees who have fled to the Indian State of Tamil Nadu - primarily due to the escalating civil war. Their...
Nicolay Paus (2005)
Thesis Submitted in Partial Fulfilment of the Cand.Polit. Degree in Social Anthropology. Bergen: University of Bergen. Department of Social Anthropology 255 p.