UW-Madison Anthropology alum Michael Youngblood Publishes “Cultivating Community: Interest, Identity, and Ambiguity in an Indian Social Mobilization”


In Cultivating Community, anthropologist Michael Youngblood explores the creation of political meaning and the construction of collective identity in an agrarian social movement in western India. The book’s core questions are fundamental to understanding mass movements anywhere: Where do movement ideologies come from and what makes them compelling? What motivates diverse groups of ordinary people to rise together in common cause? How can we make sense of individual actors when their participation appears irrational and against their own interests? 

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